Ken Paxton

BORDER SHOWDOWN: Texas Defies Feds — ‘We Will Continue to Deploy Razor Wire’

The Texas Military Department says it will continue to “hold the line in Shelby Park” in their efforts to “deter and prevent unlawful entry into the State of Texas.” Under Operation Lone Star orders from Governor Greg Abbott, the Texas National Guard’s actions continue despite a second demand letter from the Department of Homeland Security to release control of the park seized by the State earlier this month. Governor Abbott pledged to continue deploying razor wire along the Rio Grande border with Mexico.

Texas Defies 2nd Demand from Biden Administration to remove razor wire in Shelby Park. (Ge

BORDER SHOWDOWN: DHS Sends 2nd Demand Notice to Texas over Seized Park Access

Department of Homeland Security General Counsel Jonathan Meyer sent a second demand letter to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton demanding the state of Texas grant full, unimpeded access to a border city park and boat ramp. The Texas Military Department seized Shelby Park in early January. Tuesday’s letter sets a deadline of January 26, for the state to grant the Border Patrol full access to Shelby Park and other areas along a 2.5 mile stretch of the Rio Grande in the small Texas border town of Eagle Pass.

DHS Demands Access to Shelby Park (Randy Clark/Breitbart Texas)

Federal Appeals Court Reverses Position, Allows Texas Floating Barrier to Remain

The State of Texas secured a rehearing before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit that will allow the floating buoy barrier installed in the Rio Grande to remain in place until the full court hears the case. The en banc court hearing will take place in May 2024 and reverses a prior ruling ordering the state to remove the barrier system.

Migrants who crossed the Rio Grande from Mexico walk past large buoys being deployed as a

BORDER SHOWDOWN: Texas to Defy Biden Admin’s Order to Give Feds Access to Park Along Rio Grande

As of Wednesday afternoon, Army National Guard soldiers remain posted at temporary gates erected at the entrance to a city-owned park along the Rio Grande. The park was seized by order of Texas Governor Greg Abbott and closed off to Border Patrol agents unless their entrance into the area is first coordinated with state law enforcement and the Texas Military Department.

Shelby Park Closed to Border Patrol (Randy Clark/Breitbart Texas)

Federal Judge Orders Biden Admin to Stop Cutting Texas Border Barriers

A federal judge in the Western District of Texas issued a Temporary Restraining Order against the Biden administration prohibiting the “disassembling, degrading, tampering with” border barriers put in place by the State of Texas. The move comes after multiple reports of Border Patrol agents cutting the concertina wire barriers put in place by order of the governor of Texas.

Border Patrol agents cutting and moving razor wire near Eagle Pass, Texas. ()

WATCH: Texas Senate Votes Paxton Not Guilty on All 16 Counts

The Texas Senate “jurors” completed their deliberation and returned to the chambers to deliver their verdict on the 16 Articles of Impeachment against suspended Attorney General Ken Paxton. The verdicts will determine if the impeached attorney general will be removed from or return to his office and duties.

Texas Senators Return to Vote in Paxton Impeachment (AP Photos)

TEXAS IMPEACHMENT DAY 9: AG ‘Followed Classic Guilty Playbook’ – ‘Deflect, Deceive, Demonize;’ Defense Counters ‘Political Witch Hunt’

“Prosecutors” in the Texas impeachment trial urged during closing arguments that suspended Attorney Ken Paxton “followed the classic guilty playbook – Deflect, Deceive, Demonize.” They urged that Paxton’s defense “blindly ignored the fact that he has ultimately ended up serving one person – himself.”

Andrew Murr v Tony Buzbee (AP Photos/Eric Gay)

Texas AG Impeachment Trial: Defense Withdraws Motions for Directed Verdict

Defense counsel for Ken Paxton, flamboyant Houston attorney Tony Buzbee, motioned for a directed verdict after House impeachment attorney Rusty Hardin rested the “prosecutions” case. Senate jurors were out deliberating on the motions but returned to the Senate chamber. Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick announced that the “prosecution” and the defense had withdrawn their motions.

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, center, strikes his gavel as he talks with defense and prosecu

TEXAS AG IMPEACHMENT DAY 6: Charity Suit Intervention ‘Unfounded and Unethical,’ Criminal Process Used to Benefit Private Donor

During Day 6 of the impeachment trial of suspended Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, House Impeachment managers called the special prosecutor hired to investigate state and federal investigators. These included officials who were investigating Nate Paul, and AG Paxton’s securities fraud cases. A “prosecution” witness from the bank said they had to stop the foreclosure of Paxton’s donor’s properties and that pulling the foreclosure due to the controversial AG opinion benefitted the donor.

Paxton Impeachment Trial Day 6 Recap (AP Photos)

LIVE: DAY 7 of Texas AG Ken Paxton Impeachment Trial

During the sixth day of the impeachment trial of suspended Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, House Impeachment managers called the special prosecutor hired to investigate the AG’s and his donor’s investigators, including investigators who were also investigating Paxton and his securities fraud cases. The “prosecution” witness from the bank said they had to stop the foreclosure of Paxton’s donor properties and that pulling the foreclosure due to the AG opinion letter benefitted the donor.

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, center, talks with defense counsel and prosecution counsel dur

TEXAS AG IMPEACHMENT DAY 5: Adultery, Misuse of State Money for Private Purposes, Travis DA Witnesses

The fifth day of the impeachment trial of suspended Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton included reports of adultery and misuse of State resources for private purposes. His former chief of staff testified that “50 percent” of executive-level staff time was spent on activities to benefit donor Natin “Nate” Paul, and it “was directed by Attorney General Ken Paxton.” Paxton wanted to have his office investigate the federal and DPS investigators who were investigating his donor and him, witnesses testified.

Day 5 of Ken Paxton impeachment trial. (AP Photos)

Texas AG Former Chief of Staff on Paxton’s Adultery: ‘My Heart Broke for’ His Wife

The former chief of staff to suspended Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton confronted her boss after his security detail, state-employed personal assistant, and other staff members complained about Paxton’s adulterous relationship with Laura Olson. She also testified about the impact of calendaring changes, extra hours, and weekends staff had to work due to his behavior. This “was not state business,” she testified.

Texas state Sen. Lois Kolkhorst, left, reached out to Texas State Sen. Angela Paxton, righ

TEXAS AG IMPEACHMENT DAY 4: Ranger Warns AG About ‘Crooked’ Donor

House Impeachment Managers continued to call “prosecution” witnesses during day four of the impeachment trial of suspended Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. One of the witnesses, a Texas law enforcement “icon,” testified he warned Paxton that conducting an investigation for the benefit of donor Nate Paul could end up with them getting indicted. He called Paul a “criminal” who was “running a Ponzi scheme.”

Day 4 of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton Impeachment Trial. (AP Photos/Eric Gay)

Texas Ranger ‘Icon,’ Whistleblower Warned AG Paxton He Could Get Indicted

A Texas Ranger “Icon” turned AG whistleblower took the stand on day four of the impeachment trial of suspended Attorney General Ken Paxton. David M. Maxwell, Jr., a distinguished Texas law enforcement officer with 25 years experience as a Texas Ranger, testified that he told the AG that both of them could get indicted if they interfered in the FBI’s investigation of Paxton’s donor, Nate Paul.

Former Texas Ranger David Maxwell testifies during Day 4 of the Texas AG Impeachment Trial