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Texas attorney general hits links with Trump before CPAC appearance

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) played golf with former President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden to move ahead with billion UAE weapons sale approved by Trump Fox News hires high-profile defense team in Dominion defamation lawsuit Associate indicted in Gaetz scandal cooperating with DOJ: report MORE ahead of his appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Florida on Saturday, according to Paxton.

Paxton shared a photo of himself and Trump on the golf course with the caption “Beautiful day in Mar-a-Lago with my favorite President. Headed to @CPAC next. Can’t wait to see everyone!”

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The photo came before Paxton participated in a panel at CPAC on Saturday with Rep. Paul GosarPaul Anthony GosarGosar's siblings ratchet up criticism over Capitol riot Political fireworks fuel DC statehood hearing Gosar's office denies he will appear on popular QAnon talk show MORE (R-Ariz.).

Paxton, one of Trump’s defenders, notably sued several swing states that President BidenJoe BidenIRS to roll out payments for ,000 child tax credit in July Capitol Police told not to use most aggressive tactics in riot response, report finds Biden to accompany first lady to appointment for 'common medical procedure' MORE won in an ill-fated lawsuit at the U.S. Supreme Court as Trump sought to overturn the 2020 presidential election.  

CPAC began on Friday in Orlando, Fla., with speeches from high-profile allies of the former president who are likely to become GOP contenders for the 2024 presidential election, including Sens. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzCruz raises .3 million in first quarter of 2021 Boehner says he voted for Trump, didn't push back on election claims because he's retired Boehner: Trump's claims of stolen election a 'sad moment in American history' MORE (R-Texas) and Josh HawleyJoshua (Josh) David HawleyBiden sparks bipartisan backlash on Afghanistan withdrawal  Cruz raises .3 million in first quarter of 2021 Exclusive: GOP senators seek FBI investigation into Biden Pentagon nominee MORE (R-Mo.).

Trump is scheduled to close out the conference on Sunday, marking his first major speech since leaving the White House in late January. He is widely expected to win a straw poll among attendees that is set to take place before his speech.