AUSTIN, Texas (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — A district attorney said Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton violated the state’s open records laws by withholding or failing to retain his communications relating to his appearance at a pro-Donald Trump rally that preceded the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol last year.
The Austin-based Travis County district attorney’s office told the Republican attorney general in a letter Thursday that he had four days to remedy the issue or face a lawsuit.READ MORE: DeSoto Shooting Suspect Julian Jones Facing Murder Charge For Killing Of Terrence Demus Jr.
Paxton’s office has not responded to a request for comment by the Associated Press on Friday.
Several news organizations have requested his communications from around the time of the Jan. 6, 2021, event under the Texas Public Information Act.READ MORE: 'Operation Warm' Delivering New Shoes And Socks To Some Fort Worth ISD Campuses
KEYE reported that according to the complaint those organizations made to the Travis County DA, Paxton has invoked attorney-client privilege to protect texts and emails sent from his personal cell phone and sent other peoples’ communications when asked for his text messages.
Paxton denies any wrongdoing.MORE NEWS: College Admissions SAT Test Getting Shorter, Going Completely Digital By 2024
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