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Texas Judge Lina Hidalgo Faces Criminal Complaint After Meeting with VP Kamala Harris

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo is facing further legal troubles as a criminal complaint has been filed and referred to the Texas Rangers for investigation, just a day after her meeting with Vice President Kamala Harris.

The complaint is related to a press conference held by Hidalgo on November 10th, following news of search warrants being issued for an $11 million COVID-19 vaccine outreach contract awarded by the county.

The Texas Rangers are now looking into Hidalgo’s comments made during this press conference, which accused District Attorney Kim Ogg of leaking the warrants to the media. 

According to the Texan’s Holly Hansen, Hidalgo’s statements were made on county property and livestreamed on official social media accounts of the Office of the County Judge.

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However, it has been pointed out that the warrants were already available to the public on the district clerk’s website. This situation raises concerns as it may potentially violate the Texas Election Code, which deems the use of an elected office for political advertising as a Class A misdemeanor.

Furthermore, such actions could also be classified under the Penal Code as an Abuse of Official Capacity, constituting a misdemeanor or state jail felony, depending on the value of the misused items or services.

This latest complaint adds to the mounting legal troubles faced by Hidalgo, as three of her former staffers were previously indicted on felony charges relating to the same COVID-19 vaccine outreach contract. 

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The contract raised suspicions as it bypassed the University of Texas Health Science Center in favor of Elevate Strategies, a highly connected Democratic strategist. 

After the press conference, which has since been removed from the county’s social media pages, attorney Mark McCaig filed a civil complaint with the Texas Ethics Commission and a criminal complaint with Harris County Constable Precinct 4.

Hidalgo’s office has not yet provided a comment on the ongoing investigation. It is important to note that county judges in Texas hold the highest elected executive positions in their respective counties.

Harris County, where Hidalgo serves as judge, is the third-largest county in the nation and is home to Houston, the largest city in Texas.

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