AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – A federal investigation against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is still ongoing after his name was absent on Wednesday from a list of last minute pardons in the last hours of Donald Trump’s presidency.
O investigation focuses on allegations that Paxton committed bribery, abuse of power and other crimes. Top deputies of Paxton reported it to the FBI in September, accusing him of using his position to help an Austin real estate developer.
Paxton was not charged in federal court, so any pardon would have been preemptive. He largely denied any wrongdoing.
The attorney general spoke at the January 6 demonstration in Washington, just before a crowd of Trump supporters invaded the U.S. Capitol in a deadly riot.
Paxton also filed a lawsuit asking the U.S. Supreme Court to effectively reverse Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential election, leading speculation that Paxton was asking for forgiveness. Trump joined the lawsuit and praised Paxton’s effort to subvert the election, but legal experts considered him frivolous even before the court dismissed the case.