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WHOOPS: Bribery Charges Against Paxton Fall Apart, No Quid Pro Quo
The final days of the Paxton trial have seen the prosecution’s case fall apart. Leftists and centrists alike were seen coping in real time on social media when the certain outcome had become too obvious to deny.
“A campaign donation as a basis for bribery is complete hogwash.” —Paxton Defense Attorney, Tony Buzbee
Ken Paxton was forced to prove he was innocent on charges of being “corrupt” and taking “bribes” in the form of campaign donations.
The story told since May, by the House quarterbacking the impeachment, centered around how Ken Paxton had started becoming negligently corrupt because he was wrapped up in a kitchen remodel scandal. This was always, as the kids say, sus.
Nevertheless, the $25k campaign donation from real estate bro, Nate Paul, and a kitchen remodel priced at slightly over $100k, that Paul allegedly helped with, were the “smoking guns” connecting the organized kitchen crime to Paxton. As the impeachment started, the six figure numbers had become the focus of the impeachment.
Towards the end of the trial, Buzbee appeared to prove that Paxton’s kitchen had not in fact been remodeled at all. The defense displayed two photos of the kitchen, taken years apart, along with the metadata and their time stamps contained within to show no remodel had been done as recently as last month. The prosecution was totally unprepared for this, and they objected and moved to have the evidence excluded. The defense said the evidence was the photo (in the form of a computer file, I assume) which had already been accepted into evidence. The objection was overruled, and the time stamps on the photos were allowed to be shown to the jury.
Soon after this, the prosecution team was so disheveled that they prematurely rested their case before the defense could even cross examine the last witness. This is stunning in the same way a lawyer pissing their pants during closing arguments would leave you speechless.
Buzbee’s closing arguments were good.
He said the whole reason the impeachment happened is because Dade Phelan wanted it, because Paxton had hurt Phelan’s feelings.
All eyes are on Senator Drew Springer.
Springer, who had Democrat precinct chairs campaigning for him in the Republican primary, is very weak and politically vulnerable.
If he votes to acquit, he loses the Democrat support he needs. If he votes to impeach, he will open himself up to a challenge from the right.
I guess we’ll see.
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