Ken Paxton Apologizes and Pays $3.3 Million to Whistleblowers in Settlement

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has agreed to a settlement with two whistleblowers in which he will apologize and pay $3.3 million. The settlement comes after the whistleblowers accused Paxton of violating state securities laws and misusing his office for personal gain.

The two whistleblowers, former employees of the Texas attorney general’s office, had alleged that Paxton had used his position to benefit a political donor and had misused state resources. Paxton denied the allegations, but agreed to the settlement to avoid a lengthy legal battle.

As part of the settlement, Paxton will apologize for any “missteps” and will pay the whistleblowers a total of $3.3 million. The settlement also requires Paxton to strengthen the attorney general’s office’s internal controls and procedures to ensure that similar issues do not arise in the future.

The settlement comes as Paxton faces an investigation by the Texas Rangers and the FBI into his alleged involvement in a bribery scheme. Paxton has denied any wrongdoing and has not been charged with any crime.

The settlement is seen as a victory for the whistleblowers, who had faced an uphill battle in getting their allegations heard. It also serves as a reminder of the importance of having strong internal controls and procedures in place to ensure that public officials are held accountable for their actions.