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Extramarital affair details surface in historic impeachment trial of Texas AG Ken Paxton

The impeachment trial of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton resumes Tuesday and whether an extramarital affair impacts his ability to keep his job could be determined soon.

As testimony begins to wrap up, state senators will soon need to decide whether Paxton should be removed from office on charges of corruption and bribery. Most of the senators are Republican, like Paxton.  

Paxton’s wife, state Sen. Angela Paxton, has attended the entire trial so far but will not have a vote in the verdict. 

Paxton’s former Chief of Staff Katherine “Missy” Minter Cary testified Monday about the meeting where her boss, with his wife by his side, admitted he cheated on her with another woman,

Allegations of the affair are linked to one of the 20 articles of impeachment against Paxton, which allege that Paxton abused his power to benefit real estate developer Nate Paul. Paul employed the woman who had the affair with Paxton, and he once contributed $25,000 to Paxton’s campaign.

A verdict in the impeachment case could come as soon as this week. A two-thirds majority — or 21 senators — is needed for a conviction. If the 12 Democrats all vote against Paxton, at least nine Republicans would have to vote against him as well.

Fox News’ Danielle Wallace and The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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