Ken Paxton refuses to release emails, texts sent at Trump rally that devolved into U.S. Capitol riot

The Texas attorney general’s office is attempting to withhold all messages Ken Paxton sent or received while in Washington for the pro-Donald Trump rally that devolved into a riot at the U.S. Capitol.

Several news organizations in Texas have requested copies of the attorney general’s work-related communications. The Texas Public Information Act guarantees the public’s right to government records — even if those records are stored on personal devices or online accounts of public officials.

After Paxton’s office refused to release copies of his emails and text messages, the Austin American-Statesman, Dallas Morning News, Houston Chronicle, San Antonio Express-News, ProPublica and the Texas Tribune worked together in an effort to obtain the documents and review Paxton’s open-records practices.

Source: Ken Paxton refuses to release emails, texts sent at Trump rally that devolved into U.S. Capitol riot / Austin American Statesman

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