Embattled but apparently unashamed Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton may have reached a new ethical low in his fight to stave off a criminal conviction. Paxton is reported to have accepted a $100,000 gift to help pay for his own criminal defense from the head of a medical-imaging company that his office investigated for Medicaid fraud.
Preferred Imaging founder James Webb gave Paxton at least $100,000 to help cover his mounting criminal defense bills. Now Red thinks everyone is entitled to a good criminal defense and very few actually get one. But when you are the state’s top legal official, it is more than a little suspicious when you are taking large amounts of money from someone your office is investigating.
Be prepared for the usual side-stepping and soft shoe from Paxton as he dances around yet another ethical minefield. Despite the fact that Webb’s company settled a $3.5 million whistleblower lawsuit this month, Paxton is now claiming that federal prosecutors took the lead and that he had no direct involvement. No involvement other than to cash the check, that is. Of course, Webb expected nothing in return for his largess. And if you believer that, Red has Republican presidential nominee to sell you.