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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton speaks outside the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C.on Sept. 9, 2019.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is refusing to release text messages that he either sent or received while attending the pro-Donald Trump rally that devolved into the U.S. Capitol riot on Jan 6, which resulted in five casualties. Several news outlets are attempting to obtain copies of the attorney general’s work-related email and text communications, despite Paxton’s office being uncooperative. The Texas Public Information Act ensures the public’s right to public officials’ government records. Lauren Downey, the public information coordinator at the Office of the Attorney General, said, “The...

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