Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (right) visited Utah last week during winter storms that claimed dozens of lives and cut power to millions of residents, reported Monday local media.
Paxton spokesman Ian Prior said the attorney general flew to Utah with his wife, Senator Angela Paxton, on an “already planned trip.”
“While there, AG Paxton had a number of meetings with the Utah attorney general over the course of several days,” Prior said.
Prior also noted that the trip was in part focused on an antitrust lawsuit against Google.
“I cannot share further additional details or specific reasons for the need for the meeting regarding Google as it involves an ongoing investigation,” he said.
The Dallas Morning News was the first to report details of Paxton’s trip. It’s unclear why the Paxtons didn’t postpone the meetings or conduct them virtually – or if they returned to Texas.
Prior told CNN that Paxton did not leave Texas “until power returned to most of the state, including his own home.”
Paxton has pledged to investigate the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), which operates most of the state’s electricity grid. Unlike the rest of the continental United States, Texas has its own power grid that is largely unregulated, and a series of predictable faults has led to dramatic power outages that have affected much of the country. State.
Paxton is the latest Texas official to be questioned about his response to the deadly winter storm. Senator Ted Cruz (right) drew fierce criticism after being spotted at the airport en route to Cancun last week as millions of Texans struggled without power or heat in sub-freezing temperatures.
Cruz juggled the excuses, sometimes blaming his daughters and obscuring his travel dates, before apologizing and saying that the trip was a “mistake”.
“Looking back, I wouldn’t have done it,” said Cruz. “I started to have doubts almost the moment I sat on the plane because on the one hand, all of us who are parents have a responsibility to take care of our children, to take care of our families. It’s something Texans do statewide. “
The Houston Chronicle reported that another lawmaker, State Representative Gary Gates (right), also left Texas and flew to Florida on a private jet after the storm.
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