(The Center Square) – The Republican Party of Texas argues any attempts by House Speaker Dade Phelan, R-Beaumont, to schedule a vote to impeach Attorney General Ken Paxton, or the House voting to impeach him, is “a sham.”

A Houston-area lawmaker argues the House impeaching Paxton is illegal.

On Thursday, six members of a House committee voted to recommend the House impeach Paxton on 20 articles of impeachment. The House is scheduled to debate a resolution to impeach Paxton at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Republican Party of Texas Chairman Matt Rinaldi issued a statement Friday saying, “This sham impeachment is the result of the Phelan leadership team empowering Democrats, allowing them to hold leadership positions and letting them control the agenda. It is based on allegations already litigated by voters, led by a liberal Speaker trying to undermine his conservative adversaries, and investigated by lawyers connected to a Democrat on the House General Investigations Committee.

“The voters have supported General Paxton through three elections – and his popularity has only grown despite millions of dollars spent to try and defeat him. Now the Texas House is trying to overturn the election results.”

Rep. Steve Toth, R-Woodlands, argues it’s illegal for the House to impeach Paxton according to Government Code Chapter 665 Impeachment and Removal Sec. 665.081. It states: “NO REMOVAL FOR ACTS COMMITTED BEFORE ELECTION TO OFFICE. (a) An officer in this state may not be removed from office for an act the officer may have committed before the officer's election to office.”

In a Facebook live post, he read the statute and said, “It’s really clear. You can’t remove a statewide office holder under an alleged accusation that occurred before the person was elected. That’s exactly what they’re doing right now."

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