Collin County District Attorney Greg Willis issued a press release this afternoon announcing that he was inviting the Texas Rangers to investigate securities law violations by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. It’s too little, too late. Mr. Willis should have asked the Rangers to investigate in January, when the case was referred from Travis County, and then he should have recused himself because of his flagrant conflict of interest.
Meanwhile, I sent a letter to Mr. Willis and Mr. Paxton this afternoon following reports that their respective offices were looking for ways to keep me quiet. The letter speaks for itself:
General Paxton and Mr. Willis:
As suggested in the attached email to Asst. U.S. Attorney Kevin McClendon, I have been informed that the chief of Collin County’s appellate section, John Rolater, has been tasked with finding a way to keep me quiet, presumably by threatening me with some sort of criminal charge. Since then, I have been informed that the Office of the Attorney General is considering similar efforts.
Perhaps I have been misinformed, but I nonetheless wish to direct your attention to Title 18, Chapter 73 of the U.S. Code (obstruction of justice):
Whoever knowingly, with the intent to retaliate, takes any action harmful to any person, including interference with the lawful employment or livelihood of any person, for providing to a law enforcement officer any truthful information relating to the commission or possible commission of any Federal offense, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 10 years, or both.
18 USCA § 1513(e); see also 18 USCA § 1512. I would further note that letter to the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office regarding both of you has been public since March 23, 2015.
Rather than focus on me or the individuals in your respective offices who may be providing information to me, I suggest that you focus on defending your own actions. Anyone who is providing information to me is concerned with vindicating the law, a duty that both of you swore to uphold. Meanwhile, if grand jurors must request information from Travis County on their own rather than relying on Mr. Willis’s staff to obtain that information, then it is all the more obvious that Mr. Willis has a conflict of interest. Accordingly, I renew my request that Mr. Willis recuse himself from all matters pertaining to Mr. Paxton.
Thank you in advance for your attention to these matters.
/s/ Ty Clevenger