The following day, senators acquitted Paxton on all 16 articles impeachment tied to allegations that he abused his office to protect political donor Nate Paul. The charges had included seven counts against Paxton of disregarding his official duties, three counts of making false statements in official records, and two counts each of constitutional bribery and obstruction of justice. The Texas House also accused Paxton of misapplying and misappropriating public resources, conspiracy or attempted conspiracy, dereliction of duty, unfitness for office, and abusing the public trust.
Paxton, who had been suspended from his duties since his impeachment, was immediately reinstated.
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