WHEREAS, due process and the rule of law are the very foundation of our republic and necessary to the proper functioning of a free society, without which we become nothing more than a banana republic; and

WHEREAS, the Texas Senate voted to acquit Attorney General Ken Paxton on all 16 articles of impeachment that were heard at the Senate trial and voted to dismiss the other four articles of impeachment sent by the House of Representatives; now

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Republican Party of Texas is grateful to the Texas Senate for rejecting the politically motivated impeachment of Attorney General Paxton by the Texas House of Representatives that failed to satisfy due process, to comply with applicable Texas law and the Texas and United States Constitutions, and to adhere to precedent; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Republican Party of Texas agrees with Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick’s call for reform to the impeachment process, especially to require sworn testimony in House impeachment hearings and to end the practice of removal of the impeached officeholder from office until a trial has taken place, and encourages Governor Greg Abbott to call a special session for that purpose, or to add this reform as a charge to an existing special session.