Ken Paxton allegations among Austin’s top stories of 2020

Count down Austin’s Top Stories of 2020

We’re counting down Austin’s top stories of the year selected by reporters and editors from American-Statesman. Our countdown is until December 27th. Today: No. 5

Top advisor to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton called on federal law enforcement agencies to investigate allegations of improper influence, abuse of office, bribery and other possible crimes against the state’s top attorney, the American statesman reported in October.

October 4, 2020, Austin American-Statesman

Subsequent reports showed that the aides who became whistleblowers claimed Paxton acted in various ways to help Austin real estate investor Nate Paul who was battling an FBI investigation and numerous bankruptcies. Paxton, still indicted in a securities lawsuit that spanned his two terms in office, hired an outside attorney to investigate the FBI’s investigation into Paul on behalf of the Attorney General. Paxton also issued a statement that helped Paul avoid foreclosures on multiple properties.

Paxton has repeatedly defended his actions, stating that he “does not” apologize for defending Paul from “potentially unreasonable and authoritarian actions”.

A federal investigation continues.


Our countdown is until December 27th. Read our recaps of stories in our countdown of Austin’s top news of 2020:

  • No. 10: Leasing the teacher pension scheme

  • # 9: Austin’s Billion Dollar Transit Plan

  • # 8: All eyes on ‘The Eyes of Texas’

  • # 7: Tesla selects Austin for the factory

  • No. 6: An election year like no other

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