The Texas Attorney General alleges the bar sued him over a 2020 election challenge.

There’s no doubt that Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has found himself in the crosshairs of the state bar association, which is preparing to sue him over his failed attempt to invalidate the 2020 presidential election based on fictitious allegations of fraud.

Since the summer of 2016, the Texas State Bar has been looking into Paxton’s appeal to the Supreme Court to overturn Joe Biden’s victory over Donald Trump in the presidential election. They have not yet filed a formal lawsuit against Paxton, but they filed a motion with a court in the Austin region on Friday asking for an inexplicable punishment to be imposed on a member of his staff for alleged professional misconduct in the election process.

According to a complaint filed in Williamson County, Paxton’s chief deputy, Brent Webster, made “false assertions” and “dishonest representations” when he attempted to have the election overturned. A message sent to Webster seeking comment did not receive a response soon away.

Paxton is up against an “unconstitutional 2020 presidential election,” according to the attorney general, who also denounced the bar and a foundation linked with it that is under investigation.

In a tweet, Paxton expressed his confidence that the bar would not only lose but would also be exposed for what it truly is: a liberal activist group masquerading as a neutral professional organization,’ he said of the bar.

According to the Texas Bar Association, when this section of the Texas Supreme Court makes decisions, political considerations are not taken into consideration. Because it is against the law for the agency to reveal active investigations without first receiving a formal public complaint, a spokeswoman declined to comment.

An attorney who is being sued by the bar might be served with a written admonition to suspension or disbarment by the bar. Discovery is similar to what happens in a trial in that both parties may be called upon to testify and obtain records.

They claimed that Paxton’s petition to overturn the 2020 election for the United States Supreme Court was a waste of time and unethical, according to the bar complaints filed against him. The case was dismissed by the Supreme Court, and Trump’s own Justice Department determined that there was no evidence of election-related fraud.

Paxton anticipated that he would be sued during the final phases of the Republican primary runoff against state Land Commissioner George P. Bush. Paxton was running for governor of Texas.

As a result of the FBI’s investigation into allegations that Paxton had used his position to benefit a wealthy contributor in 2020, the two-term attorney general faced an unusually high number of primary challenges in his reelection bid. The federal government launched an investigation after receiving allegations of corruption, abuse of power, and other violations.

Texas Attorney General Greg Paxton has entered a not guilty plea to securities fraud allegations that have been pending against him since 2015, according to court documents. Philip Hilder, the attorney representing him, declined to comment.

In a statement issued shortly after the Texas Bar Foundation announced plans to sue Paxton, Paxton’s office stated that the organization’s involvement in the “huge surge of illegal aliens” will be investigated. The president of the bar has a say in the appointment of a section of the board of directors of the charitable organization.

It was a small one-page letter from the Texas attorney general’s office, but it contained the charge of “knowingly making gifts to companies that encourage, participate in, and facilitate illegal immigration along the Texas-Mexico border.” The entities to which the letter is addressed are not identified in the letter.

Paxton’s investigation of Alistair Dawson, head of the Texas Bar Foundation, was “extremely disheartening,” Dawson said in a statement, but she pledged to cooperate with the investigation.

If AG Paxton had taken the time to come and speak with us instead of issuing a press release, Dawson is confident that he would have found no evidence of impropriety on the side of the foundation.


Gary Ratner, of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, declined to comment on the claims against Paxton. Kevin Moran, a Democrat from Galveston who brought a second, did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.