Ken Paxton Fought Trump’s Legal Wars From Texas. Now He’s in Trouble.

first_imgMr. Paxton appointed a special prosecutor to investigate his friend’s allegations.Not long after the whistle-blower complaint, Mr. Paxton’s office closed the investigation — but by then, many people were asking why it had been opened to begin with.“Why is it, simply because somebody is complaining about the F.B.I., that the attorney general is opening an investigation?” said Kenneth Magidson, who served as the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Texas from 2011 to 2017. “He has used the office of the attorney general to help his friend.”- Advertisement – Mr. Paul, 33, and the real-estate investment firm that he founded, World Class Holdings, were among the largest owners of real estate in Austin, with an empire that included the 3M Company’s former corporate campus. Law enforcement officials have declined to discuss why they raided Mr. Paul’s home and offices last year. Mr. Paul’s lawyer has alleged that investigators broke the law by tampering with government records, among other things, when they obtained a search warrant and conducted the raid.After the search, Mr. Paxton personally approached the Travis County District Attorney’s office to arrange a meeting between Mr. Paul and local prosecutors to discuss his complaints about the raids, according to Margaret Moore, the district attorney, who said Mr. Paxton also attended the meeting. Because one of the agencies Mr. Paul was complaining about was the state’s Department of Public Safety, the prosecutors said the only appropriate agency to review it was the attorney general’s office.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img Mr. Paxton told The New York Times in a statement that the latest controversy was created by members of his staff who had opposed his decisions without having all the facts and who made “their disagreement noisy and public” in an attempt to undermine the integrity of the office. “To be clear: I have never been motivated by a desire to protect a political donor or to abuse this office, nor will I ever,” he said.Mr. Paxton has said that his involvement in the case began after Travis County prosecutors referred Mr. Paul’s accusations to him in June.“When the Travis County District Attorney referred the F.B.I.’s search and seizure of a private citizen’s residence and property to my office for further investigation, I was deeply concerned by many of the things that I saw,” he said. “Given the facts and the district attorney’s office’s belief that further investigation was warranted, I believed that an independent investigation, through the hiring of outside counsel, was the proper course of action.”- Advertisement –last_img read more

VIDEO:Gunman tries to rob a woman at drive-thru ATM in Lauderdale Lakes

first_imgAn attempted armed robbery at a drive-thru ATM in Lauderdale Lakes was caught on video.Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies have released surveillance video of the attempted robbery that happened last Friday at a SunTrust branch on Oakland Park Boulevard.The video shows a woman about to use the drive-thru ATM before a man crept up and pointed a gun at her.Miranda Grossman, Broward Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman, said the gunman demanded that she enter her personal identification number into the ATM to withdraw money, but instead the woman drove away.The gunman was not able to get any cash, and he walked away empty-handed. Police say no one was injured.Anyone with information about the incident or who recognizes the gunman is asked to call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.(Video courtesy of Broward Sheriff’s Office )last_img read more