Trump celebrates Ken Paxton impeachment acquittal — with a 9/11 meme | EUROtoday

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Former president Donald Trump has congratulated Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on surviving his impeachment.

Mr Trump wrote on Truth Social: “I want to thank the great Lt. Governor of Texas, Dan Patrick, who served as Judge in the Ken Paxton Trial, and the Republican State Senators, for showing great Professionalism and Fairness.”

“Attorney General Paxton was fully acquitted on all 16 Impeachment Articles brought by the Texas Republican House. It is time that Speaker Dade Phelan resign after pushing this Disgraceful Sham!” he added.

“Congratulations to Attorney General Ken Paxton on a great and historic Texas sized VICTORY. I also want to congratulate his wonderful wife and family for having had to go through this ordeal, and WINNING!”

The former president additionally reposted a meme from a follower on Truth Social depicting the second then-President George Bush was knowledgeable in a whisper by White House chief of workers Andrew Card of the assault on the World Trade Center in New York on 11 September 2001.

The textual content reads: “They just acquitted Ken Paxton.”

The former president later posted: “Congratulations to the Great People of Texas, and the State Senate, for rejecting POLITICAL PERSECUTION, and respecting the Integrity of our Elections. We should choose our elected officials by VOTING, not by weaponizing government. That is for Banana Republics, and Third World Countries. Now Attorney General Ken Paxton can get back to work. He’s one of the BEST!”

Mr Paxton was acquitted on 16 impeachment articles introduced earlier than the state Senate.

A jury of 30 state senators, comprised of 19 Republicans and 12 Democrats, voted to acquit Mr Paxton on the articles accusing him of on abuse of energy, bribery and different fees on Saturday morning.

Mr Paxton, who was elected to lawyer basic in 2015, will now return to his workplace after not one of the articles acquired the mandatory two-thirds majority vote for conviction.

The Texas House impeached Mr Paxton in May on 20 articles – 4 of which weren’t voted on by the Senate on Saturday however have been then dismissed in a follow-up vote.

The impeachment effort stemmed from accusations, introduced forth by his former staffers, that Mr Paxton abused his energy to learn himself and a Texas actual property investor. They alleged that Mr Paxton gave the actual property investor particular remedy in alternate for assist paying for dwelling renovations and fascinating in an extramarital affair.

In the Senate trial, prosecutors and the defence spent 9 days within the senate chambers presenting proof and witness testimony in a historic trial that generated controversy amongst hard-right conservatives.

Mr Paxton, an ally of Donald Trump, acquired help from right-wing politicians like senator Ted Cruz and consultant Marjorie Taylor Greene all through the impeachment course of who claimed the trial was a “travesty” and “witch hunt.”

Mr Trump backed Mr Paxton, calling the impeachment “shameful” and accusing “RINO” Texas officers of pursuing the trial for political causes solely.