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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. (Photo: NICK WAGNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

AUSTIN – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton abused his office to benefit himself, a high-end campaign donor and a woman with whom he was reportedly having an affair before retaliating against seven top aides who reported him to the FBI, a lawsuit by four former senior employees claims.

The whistleblower lawsuit, filed Thursday in state District Court in Travis County, is the latest issue to beset Paxton in the past month after seven agency executives notified him in early October that they believed he engaged in several crimes, including bribery and improper influence in dealings with Austin investor Nate Paul. Their report to federal agents touched off weeks of political fallout for Paxton, including calls for his resignation by some