San Antonio City Attorney Andy Segovia describes the latest petition as frivolous and a transparent attempt by Paxton to distract the public from his own legal woes.
The Associated Press has reported that the FBI is investigating renovations made to Paxton’s million-dollar home as part of an ongoing probe into allegations that the state’s highest-ranking attorney illegally helped a wealthy donor.
Last year, much of Paxton’s senior staff accused him of committing crimes to help Austin real estate developer Nate Paul, whom some of the Republican’s former deputies now say had a hand in work done on Paxton’s home. All of Paxton’s accusers then quit or were fired, and four later sued the attorney general under the state’s whistleblower law.
Paul gave $25,000 to Paxton’s 2018 reelection campaign and employed a woman with whom the attorney general allegedly had an extramarital affair, but the full nature of their relationship remains unclear. According to the lawsuit, the woman works as a construction project manager.