Business Insider reported Friday that the FBI has served subpoenas to the office Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton amid its investigation into allegations of bribery and abuse of office.
It is not clear exactly how many subpoenas were issued or what information the agency is seeking to obtain with them, sources told KENS5.
The Austin American-Statesman reported that federal agents visited the attorney general’s office on Wednesday to serve the subpoenas.
In October, the FBI launched its investigation into Paxton after senior members of his staff told the agency that he might have violated bribery and abuse-of-office laws in his dealings with a wealthy donor, the real-estate developer Nate Paul.
Per The Associated Press, former employees have alleged that Paxton abused his office by hiring an outside attorney to look into Paul’s claim that FBI agents had improperly raided his home and office.
The report noted that all of the employees who have accused the attorney general of wrongdoing “have resigned, been put on leave, or been fired since reporting on Paxton.”
Business Insider also noted that Paxton this week “launched a long-shot bid to change the result of the presidential election, enlisting the support of 17 Republican attorneys general and President Donald Trump himself.”
The lawsuit seeks to get the Supreme Court to overturn the election results in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Georgia — four key states that Trump lost this year, saying that their votes were “tainted.”
But Paxton’s lawsuit did not provide evidence of specific instances of voter fraud, and the math doesn’t add up. Election experts say the lawsuit has little chance of success.
Speculation is circulating that Paxton may be angling for a pardon in relation to the FBI probe before Trump leaves office, filing his election lawsuit to curry favor with the president.