Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton denies he ‘ran’ to avoid subpoenas

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) “ran” from his home and took off in a truck with his wife, a state senator, when a process server showed up at the residence Monday morning to serve Paxton with subpoenas in an ongoing lawsuit, according to an affidavit filed later that day.

The subpoenas for Paxton’s testimony are part of a lawsuit filed in August by reproductive health groups seeking to protect their ability to help patients access legal abortions in states outside of Texas, where performing nearly all abortions became illegal after Supreme Court reversal of Roe v. Wade in June.

On Monday night, Paxton spoke to process server requirements, writing on Twitter that earlier in the day he had avoided a “stranger lingering outside my home” and was concerned for his and his family’s safety.

“This is a ridiculous waste of time and the media should be ashamed of themselves,” Paxton wrote in response to the Texas Tribune, which previously reported the story. “Across the country, conservatives have faced threats to their safety — many threats that received little coverage or condemnation from the mainstream media.”

Paxton’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Washington Post late Monday. A representative for Paxton’s wife, state Sen. Angela Paxton (R), also did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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In the affidavit signed and filed Monday, process server Ernesto Martin Herrera said he arrived at Paxton’s residence in McKinney around 6 p.m. 8.30 and parked on the street in front of the house. When Herrera saw the silhouette of a man in the living room, he knocked on the front door, according to the affidavit.

A woman answered it, Herrera said, and he explained that he needed to deliver legal documents to Paxton. The woman, who eventually identified herself as “Angela,” said Paxton was on the phone and was “in a hurry to leave,” the affidavit said. Herrera added that he saw a black Chevrolet truck parked in the driveway. He could not immediately be reached for comment Tuesday morning.

Herrera said he went back to his car and waited, “per my client’s instructions,” according to the affidavit. Around 9:20 a.m., he saw another vehicle — a black Chevrolet Tahoe — drive up to the home and back into the driveway. About 20 minutes later, Herrera said he saw Paxton walking out of the garage, so he approached Paxton and called him by name.

“As soon as he saw me and heard me call out his name, he turned around and ROBBERY back inside the house through the same door in the garage,” Herrera said in the affidavit, emphasizing the word “run” in bold and an underline.

Less than 10 minutes later, “Angela” emerged from the house and opened one of the truck’s back doors before getting into the driver’s seat and starting the vehicle, Herrera said in the statement. Paxton then ran from his home to the truck when Herrera called his name and said he had court documents for him, Herrera claimed.

“Mr. Paxton ignored me and continued to drive toward the truck,” Herrera said.

Herrera said he told Paxton he was going to put the documents on the ground, then did so next to the truck.

Paxton “got into the truck and left the documents on the ground and then both vehicles left,” Herrera wrote.

The subpoenas require Paxton to appear and testify at a hearing scheduled for Tuesday morning. As of early Tuesday, the hearing remained on the court’s schedule.

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