Texas AG Ken Paxton to settle with whistleblowers for .3 million

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has agreed to pay four agency whistleblowers a $3.3 million settlement and will apologize for referring to them as “rogue employees,” according to a tentative settlement agreement filed with the state Supreme Court on Friday.

Taxpayer money will likely be used to pay the settlement because the suit was against the Office of the Attorney General. According to a “mediated settlement agreement” obtained by the American-Statesman, part of the USA TODAY Network, the deal is contingent on “necessary approvals for funding.” It is possible the Legislature might have to approve a funding request for the settlement.

The settlement would bring to closure a tumultuous chapter for Paxton and the agency that generated national headlines.

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