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Another staffer who accused Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton of crimes leaves the agency

Dallas Morning News logo Dallas Morning News 10/26/2020 Lauren McGaughy and Allie Morris, The Dallas Morning News

AUSTIN — Yet another one of the top employees who accused Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton of serious crimes is leaving the agency.

Darren McCarty, deputy attorney general of civil litigation, confirmed he resigned on Monday. His resignation takes effect in one week. McCarty declined to comment further.

Paxton, a Republican in his second term, is accused by senior staff members of serious crimes related to his relationship with real estate developer and campaign donor Nate Paul. Seven of the agency’s most senior employees recently reported Paxton to law enforcement, after they said he used the office to intervene in Paul’s legal affairs several times within the last year.

Paxton’s agency hired McCarty from Dallas law firm Alston & Bird in 2017. Less than a year ago, he was promoted to deputy attorney general, one of the most senior positions.

With McCarty’s departure, all but one of the seven staff members who raised concerns about Paxton’s behavior have left state employment or been sidelined. Two resigned, two were put on leave and according to The Texas Tribune and Houston Chronicle, two were fired. The departure further depletes leadership at the agency, which is charged with acting as the state’s law firm.

Paxton denies wrongdoing and has instead pointed the finger at the employees, who he calls “rogue.” Top GOP officials, including Gov. Greg Abbott, have called the allegations against Paxton serious.

Paxton says he will not step down amid the uprising and plans to run for re-election in 2022.

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