Anti-gay Texas attorney general says fraud charges against him are anti-Christian persecution
Ken Paxton (Screenshot)

In a new, four-minute video released by his campaign the day before he's set to appear in court in Dallas, embattled Attorney General Ken Paxton defends himself against "crimes I didn't commit" and says he's been wrongly accused by people mad that he's a "conservative Christian."

He also ties the charges to raw feelings from his election, saying a key witness against him is one of his political adversaries, and suggesting some are still upset a "moderate" didn't win the race.

Since last summer, Paxton has been facing criminal proceedings. He is accused of soliciting investors for a technology firm without disclosing that the company was compensating him. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filed its own civil charges against Paxton in April.

By Patrick Svitek, The Texas Tribune