A civil war inside Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office intensified Thursday when top lieutenants for the second time — and in greater detail — accused Paxton of giving improper preferential treatment to an Austin developer who was under federal investigation.
In a letter sent to Paxton on Wednesday and made public Thursday, five agency executives rebuked Paxton for hiring an outside lawyer to investigate businessman Nate Paul’s allegations of misconduct by federal authorities.
Agency lawyers had previously investigated the claims and found them to be baseless, the letter said.
“In any other instance, such an investigation would have promptly ended,” the letter stated. “Here, you circumvented our office’s long established outside counsel approval process, over the objections of the executive staff, to engage Mr. Cammack.”