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Rick Perry Calls Indictment ‘Abuse Of Power,’ Stands By His Actions

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) spoke about his indictment on Saturday, calling it an “abuse of power.”

“I wholeheartedly and unequivocally stand by my veto, and I’ll continue to defend this lawful action of my executive authority as governor,” Perry said at a press conference.

“We don’t settle political indifferences with indictments in this country,” Perry added, calling the indictment “outrageous.”

Perry is accused of abusing the powers of his office by carrying out a threat to veto funding for state prosecutors investigating public corruption. The AP reported earlier:

A special prosecutor spent months calling witnesses and presenting evidence that Perry broke the law when he promised publicly to nix $7.5 million over two years for the public integrity unit run by the office of Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg. Lehmberg, a Democrat, was convicted of drunken driving, but refused Perry’s calls to resign.

Though the Republican governor now faces two felony indictments, politics dominates the case. Lehmberg is based in Austin, which is heavily Democratic, in contrast to most of the rest of fiercely conservative Texas. The grand jury was comprised of Austin-area residents.

Perry argued that “the details of my decision-making were very clear,” and said he’d fight the charges.

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