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Attorney General Ken Paxton said Wednesday night that the Texas House Ethics Committee, which has scheduled a meeting next week, will recommend impeaching him a second time.

“Next week's House investigative committee is yet another desperate attempt by the Republican establishment to remove me from office,” Paxton said in a statement. “Their bitter obsession to bring me down knows no bounds, and they will stop at nothing to remove me from office.”

Paxton did not provide any evidence to support his claim. A spokesman for Paxton did not immediately respond to a request for further comment.

House Investigations Committee Chairman Andrew Murr (R-Junction) did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The committee often keeps the topics of its meetings confidential.

Last spring, the committee launched an investigation into Paxton and ultimately recommended his impeachment on corruption charges. The House of Representatives complied and impeached the attorney general on 20 counts, including bribery and abuse of office. The Senate acquitted Paxton on 16 counts and dismissed the remaining four.

The investigative committee, which consists of three Republicans and two Democrats, also investigated Rep. Bryan Slaton (R-Royse City) for sexual misconduct last year. That investigation led to Slaton's unanimous expulsion.

Jasper Scherer and Renzo Downey contributed to this report.


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