The alleged mistress of suspended Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton was unable to testify at the embattled Republican’s impeachment trial Wednesday, which resulted in prosecutors resting their case.
Laura Olson’s testimony was delayed for many of the day, regardless of her being requested to take the stand in the Texas Senate. Trial decide Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick stated that she was “deemed unavailable to testify,” however didn’t clarify why. Patrick additionally didn’t point out whether or not Olson would have the ability to testify on one other day.
The rumored affair is related to the impeachment proceedings, as Paxton faces accusations that he misused his political power to assist the true property developer who employed Olson, Nate Paul. Paxton’s opponents have argued that the lawyer normal was accepting a bribe by hiring Paul.
Olson was meant to take the stand throughout from state Sen. Angela Paxton, who’s married to Ken. She isn’t permitted to vote whether or not her husband ought to be faraway from workplace.
Angela was current whereas one of her husband’s ex-staffers testified that the lawyer normal’s affair grew to become a problem for the workplace.
“I told General Paxton quite bluntly it wasn’t my business who he was sleeping with, but when things bleed over into the office and into the state work, it becomes my business,” former chief of employees Katherine Cary stated Monday.
Paxton’s lawyer cross-examined Cary and argued that the affair was not a major sufficient motive for the impeachment.
“Imagine if we impeached everyone in Austin who had an affair,” Tony Buzbee stated. “We’d be impeaching people for the next 100 years.”
Paxton was additionally beforehand indicted in June for allegedly making false statements to banks. A verdict could also be reached on the trial later this week.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.