Judge dismisses attempt to discipline top Texas AG adviser Ken Paxton for attempting to overturn 2020 election

The State Bar of Texas brought the complaint after the aide worked on a lawsuit to overturn the results of four states’ 2020 presidential elections.

(The Texas Tribune) A district judge has thrown out the State Bar of Texas in a professional misconduct case against Brent Webster, chief counsel to Attorney General Ken Paxton, for his work on a case challenging the results of the 2020 presidential election.

Judge John Youngblood, a Milam County judge assigned to handle the case in the Williamson County court, sided with an argument by Webster that it would violate the state constitution’s separation of powers to proceed with the case because the bar association , an agent of the judiciary, would restrict the activities of the prosecutor’s office, which is part of the executive branch.

“[T]The doctrine of separation of powers removes subject matter jurisdiction from this court,” said Youngblood in a short letter. “Any other view would represent a limitation of the Attorney General’s broad powers to bring lawsuits on behalf of the state, a right unequivocally supported by the Texas Constitution and repeatedly recognized by the Texas Supreme Court.”

A spokesman for the prosecutor’s office said the agency had not commented on the dismissal and a decision on an appeal had not yet been made.

Paxton stands in front of you similar lawsuit in Collin County, in which he made the same argument in court. The judge in Paxton’s case has not made a decision.

Still, Paxton celebrated the dismissal of Webster’s case, which he described as “baseless and politically motivated.”

“The politicization of the prosecutor’s office is an insult to all Texans who oppose the abuse of government power in pursuit of liberal political retaliation,” he said in a statement. “No matter how much the Texas State Bar partisan activists retaliate against me and my associates for standing up for electoral integrity, securing our southern border, and fighting for conservative values, I will not back down.”

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The case arose from complaints received by prosecutors about Webster’s filing of the case to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election in four states.

The prosecutors’ Commission for Lawyer Discipline investigated that complaint and found that Webster’s allegations in that lawsuit were “dishonest,” noting in its complaint that “his allegations were not supported by any charge, indictment, judicial finding, and/or credible or admissible.” evidence was supported and failed to tell the court that some of his allegations and allegations had already been decided and/or dismissed in court.”

The complaint accused Webster of violating the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct by engaging in conduct that involved dishonesty, fraud, deception or misrepresentation.

This story originally appeared in The Texas Tribune.

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