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Texas seeks discipline for top lawyer over ‘dishonest’ election claims -Breaking


© Reuters. FILE PHOTO. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton leaves U.S. Supreme Court after arguing over a Texas law banning abortions within six weeks. The Texas Law was challenged in Washington on November 1, 2021. REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein/File Photo/File Photo

By Jan Wolfe

(Reuters) – Texas regulators asked a judge Wednesday to discipline Attorney General Ken Paxton. He claimed “dishonest” election fraud claims in a U.S. Supreme Court Petition that support former President Donald Trump’s attempt to thwart the 2020 election.

Texas State Bar, which oversees state-licensed attorneys, has filed suit against Paxton in Dallas’ state court.

A judge is asked to issue an appropriate sanction in the lawsuit. The potential disciplinary sanctions include suspension or exclusion.

“Respondent’s representations were dishonest,” the state bar’s Commission for Lawyer Discipline said in the complaint, referring to Paxton’s petition at the high court.

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“His allegations were not supported or supported by any charge. Indictment. Judiciary finding. And/or credible and admissible evidence. He failed to disclose that certain of his representations had been resolved and/or dropped in a Court of law,” said the regulators.

Paxton’s Office did not respond immediately to a request to comment, but he indicated last month that he was aware of the legal challenge. He also said that he planned to defend his office.

Paxton claimed at that time “I stand behind this lawsuit entirely,” calling the lawsuit an “historical challenge” to unconstitutional 2020 presidential elections. The lawsuit was joined by almost half the states, and more than 100 members of Congress.

Paxton’s lawsuit to overturn voting results in four US states was rejected by the Supreme Court on December 20, 2020.