Indicted TX AG Insists It’s ‘Ridiculous’ To Accuse Him Of Fishing For Pardon With SCOTUS Lawsuit

President Donald Trump and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton in Dallas, Texas, on June 11, 2020. (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images)
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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who is under indictment on charges of securities fraud, claimed on Thursday night that his long shot lawsuit to get the Supreme Court to nullify the election results is not an attempt to snag a pardon from President Donald Trump.

During an interview on Fox News, Paxton pushed back against conservative commentator Erick Erickson’s accusation that he was fishing for a pardon by filing the lawsuit, which aims to steal Pennsylvania, Georgia, Wisconsin and Michigan’s electors from President-elect Joe Biden with evidence-free claims of election fraud.

“Erick has no idea what he’s talking about,” Paxton said. “I’ve been working on these issues for the last year.”

The attorney general insisted that the endeavor was “just one more” lawsuit among the several he had already filed regarding election fraud (contrary to Paxton and other Republicans’ claims, there has been no evidence of mass voter fraud).

“So this is ridiculous for Erick to make that accusation,” Paxton said. “He has no idea what he’s talking about.”

In 2015, the Texas grand jury indicted Paxton for alleged securities fraud, to which the attorney general has pleaded not guilty.

Additionally, seven of Paxton’s former top aides in October accused him of bribery and abuse of office. The FBI is currently investigating the allegations.

Watch Paxton below:

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