Austin, Texas– Today, Senator Brandon Creighton (R-Conroe) issued the following
guidance for the official Texas Senate Journal, to provide guidance for future
lawmakers on impeachment proceedings:
“Earlier today, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton was acquitted on all sixteen (16)
articles of impeachment, at the conclusion of the first Texas impeachment trial of a
statewide elected official in over 105 years.
I believe there is no greater duty an office holder has than to serve the public with the
highest of ethical standards, and I believe in the constitutional process and procedure
that is necessary to hold those accountable who fail to do so.
I believe that every individual is innocent until proven guilty, and that allegations must
be proven with actual evidence that leaves no reasonable doubt, at the conclusion of
that evidence being considered. After 45 hours of testimony, not a single article
received a majority of Senators support, and the threshold to convict was never met.
I am amazed and continue to be impressed with my fellow Texas Senators on how
hard they worked, day and night, to make sure that they were prepared, and that no
stone was left unturned to find the truth.
The Texas Senate had an obligation to accomplish these duties with the highest level
of integrity, impartiality, and fairness. With Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick presiding, and
retired Justice Lana Myers of the Fifth Court of Appeals assisting, I’m convinced that
this objective was accomplished.
Attorney General Ken Paxton will now resume his duties, as he should.
I will be working through the weekend to publish additional comments for the official
Senate Journal Impeachment trial record, and I will make that journal entry public, as
soon as they are completed. God bless Texas.”