Austin, Texas – US Representative Louis Johart has joined the crowded Republican arena that escalated preliminary challenges against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.

The East Texas representative is the latest prominent Republican to seek the impeachment of his party’s leader following the corruption allegations by Paxton’s top lawmakers who were reported to the FBI last year. Johart announced his candidacy on Twitter Monday with a fundraising request that highlighted “the most recent moral, ethical and criminal allegations” against Paxton.

Despite the federal investigation and longstanding legal problems, Paxton remained able to compete in his party’s primaries and won the endorsement of former President Donald Trump. The attorney general, who has filed a lawsuit to overturn Trump’s loss in the 2020 presidential election, has denied any wrongdoing.

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Jawhart is also a staunch supporter of Trump. He said in a video posted to Twitter that he supports many of the cases brought by Paxton’s office, but if elected “would not wait to get busier with me until there is some bad press about legal irregularities”.

Also running in the Republican primary, Texas State Commissioner George B. Bush, son of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and grandson of former President George HW Bush. former State Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman; and State Representative Matt Krause of Fort Worth.