The Golden Hammer Staff Reports
Austin, October 6 –
Attorney General Ken Paxton yesterday released the following statement regarding recent allegations from Office of the Attorney General employees:
“The Texas attorney general’s office was referred a case from Travis county regarding allegations of crimes relating to the FBI, other government agencies and individuals. My obligation as attorney general is to conduct an investigation upon such referral. Because employees from my office impeded the investigation and because I knew Nate Paul I ultimately decided to hire an outside independent prosecutor to make his own independent determination. Despite the effort by rogue employees and their false allegations I will continue to seek justice in Texas and will not be resigning.”
The so-called “rogue employees” were Paxton’s top management team. Jeffrey Mateer, the First Assistant Attorney General and Paxton’s top aide, was among the seven attorneys who signed the letter on October 1, 2020, accusing the Attorney General of “improper influence, abuse of office, bribery, and other potential criminal offenses.” They have also notified federal and state law enforcement officials of the factual basis of their allegations.
In addition to Mateer, Mateer’s Deputy Ryan Bangert, James Blake Brickman, Lacey Mase, Darren McCarty, Mark Penley and Ryan Vassar, who are Deputy Attorneys General overseeing the divisions of Policy, Administration, Civil Litigation, Criminal Investigations and Legal Counsel.
All of them have resigned from Paxton’s Office. Paxton has appointed Houston attorney Brent Webster as Mateer’s replacement as First Assistant Attorney General.