AUSTIN – The impeachment trial for suspended Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is officially underway, beginning Tuesday and continuing Wednesday despite Paxton’s requests to dismiss all articles of impeachment.
According to reporters on the scene, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick presides as judge of the trial and started the proceedings with procedural moves taking up the majority of the morning Tuesday. Proceedings began with the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Texas administering oaths to Patrick and others involved in the process, swearing in all members of the jury — the 31 senators — except for Paxton’s wife, Sen. Angela Paxton, who is barred from voting in the trial.
Paxton then pleaded not guilty, and opening statements began, followed by the first witness, Paxton's former top assistant, taking the stand. Jeff Mateer testified until court adjourned for the day. Mateer was set to resume testifying when the trial began again Wednesday.
Paxton was removed from office May 27 after being impeached by the Texas House.
This is a developing story.