Ken Paxton Only Attorney General Not to Sign Letter Condemning Capitol Riot

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has not signed a letter to Acting U.S. Attorney General Jeff Rosen condemning the deadly riot at the Capitol on January 6, making him the only state AG not to do so.

The attorneys general of 50 U.S. states and territories from the National Association of Attorneys General sent a letter to Rosen condemning the storming of the Capitol on January 12.

Louisiana, Indiana and Montana also didn't sign the January 12 letter, but attorneys general from those three states issued a joint letter of their own to Rosen on Wednesday. Their letter condemned the violence at the Capitol but also criticized antifa.

Paxton, a Republican, had joined a statement by the Republican Attorneys General Association, issued last week, condemning the "violence, destruction, and rampant lawlessness."

"I call on protesters in our state and our nation's Capital to practice their constitutional right in a peaceful manner. I stand for election integrity and the democratic process. I will not tolerate violence and civil disorder," Paxton said.

However, Paxton has previously claimed that antifa was involved in the Capitol riot—a claim that's been dismissed, most recently by Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.

"Those who stormed the capitol yesterday were not Trump supporters. They have been confirmed to be Antifa," Paxton said in a Facebook post on January 7. Paxton also shared an unsubstantiated rumor that "at least 1 'bus load' of antifa thugs infiltrated peaceful Trump demonstrators," according to the Houston Chronicle.

Paxton has been a staunch supporter of President of President Donald Trump and he spoke at the "Save America" rally in Washington, D.C. before the riot at the Capitol on January 6.

He told the crowd "we will not quit fighting" at the same event where Trump encouraged his supporters to march on the Capitol, which was cited as a reason for his impeachment on Wednesday.

His decision not to write to Rosen condemning the riot has added more fuel to speculation that he's hoping for a pardon from the president. Paxton is under criminal indictment on charges of felony securities fraud. His trial is forthcoming.

Paxton was also responsible for filing a prominent legal challenge to the outcome of the 2020 election. Billed as "the big one," the suit asked the Supreme Court to instruct state legislatures in four states President-elect Joe Biden won to throw out the results and select new slates of electors. This had the potential to hand Trump the election but the court refused to hear the case.

Ken Paxton has been asked for comment on this article.

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Ken Paxton, ​​Attorney General State of Texas attends the forum 'Partnerships to Eradicate Human Trafficking in the Americas' at the 2019 Concordia Americas Summit on May 14, 2019 in Bogota, Colombia. Paxton is currently under federal indictment. Gabriel Aponte/Getty Images for Concordia Summit