Paxton to Supporters: "I Expect to Be Fully Vindicated"

In his first public statement since being arrested on charges of securities fraud, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton wrote in an e-mail Tuesday that he expects "to be fully vindicated of these charges."

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton speaks to media in June 2015.

In his first public statement since being arrested on charges of securities fraud, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton wrote in an e-mail to supporters Tuesday that he expects "to be fully vindicated of these charges when the full facts of the case come to light."

"I am looking forward to the opportunity to tell my story — which the grand jury did not hear — in a court of law," he wrote. "Thank you for standing with me and now walking forward with me as we continue the work we came to do."

Paxton turned himself in to the Collin County jail on Monday to be booked on three felony charges issued in July by a grand jury. He is accused of offering to sell two people more than $100,000 worth of stock in a McKinney technology company without disclosing that the company was compensating him. One of those people is state Rep. Byron Cook, R-Corsicana. Paxton is also accused of working as an investment adviser without a license. 

The allegations date back to the time when he was serving as a member of the Texas House of Representatives. 

Upon his arrest, he was released on a personal recognizance bond. He slipped out of the jail without speaking to the large group of journalists and protestors gathered in the lobby.  

"While yesterday's news coverage may have come as a surprise to many of you, I can assure you that it did not catch us off guard," Paxton wrote. "Our silence was purposeful and driven by respect for the law as the information was under judicial seal until noon yesterday."  

Many Democrats have called for him to resign. The Texas GOP has defended him, calling the investigation against him "sloppy," but statewide Republican elected officials have been tepid in their response. Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick each released statements soon after the arrest saying they would trust the legal process. 

Paxton said his focus will remain on his job. As attorney general, Paxton serves as the state's top lawyer and law enforcement official. 

"I refuse to be distracted or deterred from my commitment to the people of Texas to fight for the Rule of Law," he wrote. "I assure you that my focus on serving Texas as Attorney General continues with greater resolve than ever before. To that end, I will of course direct all case-related questions to my legal counsel."

Here's the full e-mail: 

Dear [recipient] , 

First and foremost: Thank you.
 
I am honored and overwhelmed by the outpouring of support and encouragement that my family and I have received over the last few days. Know that I expect to be fully vindicated of these charges when the full facts of this case come to light, and I refuse to be distracted or deterred from my commitment to the people of Texas to fight for the Rule of Law. I assure you that my focus on serving Texas as Attorney General continues with greater resolve than ever before. To that end, I will of course direct all case-related questions to my legal counsel.
 
While yesterday’s news coverage may have come as a surprise to many of you, I can assure you that it did not catch us off guard. Our silence was purposeful and driven by respect for the law as the information was under judicial seal until noon yesterday.  
 
I am looking forward to the opportunity to tell my story – which the grand jury did not hear – in a court of law. Thank you for standing with me and now walking forward with me as we continue the work we came to do. 
 
I remain focused on the people’s business and the critically important work of this office. And there is much work in progress, including:

  • Defending Texas agencies facing litigation;
  • Uncovering Medicaid fraud and ensuring strong consumer protections;
  • Enforcing child support laws;
  • Protecting Texas children by bringing sexual predators to justice; 
  • Continuing our investigation into Planned Parenthood and abortion providers;
  • Challenging the Obama Administration’s Executive Amnesty and EPA Carbon Rule; and much more. 

Angela and I appreciate your continued prayers as we all walk forward together.

God bless you, and God bless the great State of Texas!
 



Ken Paxton