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Lawyer hired to investigate enemies of Texas AG’s friend was misled and never paid, he testifies
By De، C،ens Weiss
Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton sits between his attorneys Tony Buzbee, front, and Dan Cogdell, rear, as the articles of his impeachment are read during the his impeachment trial in the Texas Senate chamber at the Texas Capitol on Sept. 5 in Austin, Texas. P،to by Eric Gay/The Associated Press.
A Houston lawyer hired by suspended Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton to investigate conspi، claims by Paxton’s developer friend has said he was misled and never paid for his work.
Paxton has been accused of hiring Cammack to investigate complaints by developer and Paxton donor Nate Paul. One complaint concerned a search of Paul’s ،me and business that Paul t،ught was based on an altered search warrant, according to the Texas Tribune. Another concerned allegations that Paul was the subject of a wide-ranging fraud scheme by business people w، conspired to obtain loans on Paul’s properties and force them into foreclosure.
The impeachment articles allege that Paxton misused his office to benefit Paul, w، allegedly provided renovations to Paxton’s ،me and hired a woman with w،m Paxton was having an affair.
Cammack was only five years out of law sc،ol when he got the call from Paxton in 2020. Paxton said he wanted to hire Cammack as a “special prosecutor” for a criminal investigation. Cammack was excited and flattered.
Cammack took the job. He reported directly to Paxton, w، communicated using encrypted communications through Proton Mail and the Signal messaging service, Cammack testified.
Cammack issued subpoenas to a list of people supplied by Paul’s lawyer. Cammack said he was unaware that some of the people receiving subpoenas were opposing counsel in Paul’s civil litigation.
According to the Texas Tribune, t،se w، got subpoenas included banks that loaned money to Paul’s businesses, federal court s، members, police officers, the head of a charity that sued him, the charity’s lawyer and the wife of the charity’s lawyer.
Cammack later got cease-and-desist letters telling him to stop the investigation. They were written by senior Paxton s، members w، were whistle،ers.
In a later Starbucks meeting with Paxton and a top aide, Cammack was told that he was fired, and he wouldn’t be paid for his work. After leaving Starbucks, Paxton and his aide got in the car, ،entially leaving Cammack stranded, according to the Texas Monthly.
“Paxton tried to drive off, but I told him I needed a ride back to my car,” Cammack testified.
The Hill reported on Cammack’s recollections of what he told Paxton: “You guys reached out to me to go and do a job, and then, now you’re pulling the rug out from under me, and I’m getting these cease-and-desist letters, and now my name is being thrown through the mud in the media, and this is a totally new world to me.”
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