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Paxton attorney again says facts will come out

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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, left, and his wife Angela leave the Collin County courthouse in McKinney after a December hearing.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, left, and his wife Angela leave the Collin County courthouse in McKinney after a December hearing. The Dallas Morning News

Monday’s news that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission had named Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton in a civil securities fraud complaint brought a familiar reaction from Paxton’s lawyer.

Paxton already faces three state felony fraud counts related to the same actions cited by the feds. He has pleaded not guilty.

After the SEC complaint, attorney Bill Mateja said his client “vehemently denies the allegations in the civil lawsuit and looks forward not only to all of the facts coming out but also to establishing his innocence in both the civil and criminal matters.”

Joe Kendall, another Paxton attorney who has left the case, said something similar in August after a Collin County grand jury returned the state indictment: “He is looking forward to the opportunity to tell his side of the story in the courtroom.”

Texans also look forward to hearing Paxton’s side of the case. After all, it’s embarrassing to have your chief state law enforcement officer stand accused of fraud by both the state and the feds.

But Paxton isn’t yet talking yet. So far, the case has been tied up with his pretrial motions to get the state indictment thrown out. An appeals court will hear those motions next month.

None of this is “facts coming out.”

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