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Rick Perry, who desperately wants to be President of the United States, has been indicted in Texas for abusing his power as Governor. Maybe he shouldn't plan anymore trips to Iowa to campaign until he gets this cleared up. Just Sayin'.
Getting rid of something called the "Integrity Unit" probably wasn't a great idea. But please, proceed, Governor. Texas Democrats are popping corn. No, make that ALL Democrats.
A grand jury in Travis County indicted Perry last Friday on two felony counts stemming from his threat to veto funding for a statewide public integrity unit run by Travis Country District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, a Democrat, unless she stepped down, according to the special prosecutor in the case, Michael McCrum.
The case centers on Perry's June 2013 veto of the $7.5 million budget for the unit run by Lehmberg, after she refused his demand to resign following her drunken driving arrest and conviction.
Perry faces accusations of coercion of a public servant and abuse of his official capacity in connection with the threat and veto.
Perry sauntering up to the courthouse looking like the cat that ate the canary pic.twitter.com/1G0HlIRX5N— EricaGrieder (@EricaGrieder) August 19, 2014
AUSTIN (KXAN) – Governor Rick Perry arrived at the Blackwell-Thurman Criminal Justice Center in Austin right at 5 p.m. Tuesday to be booked on felony charges stemming from an indictment issued Friday.
Perry arrived to supporters chanting “Perry, Perry Perry!” before stopping to briefly speak with the media before walking inside.
“I’m here today because I believe in the rule of law,” the Texas Governor said. He continued to speak saying the actions he took were “lawful and legal.”
“If I had to do so, I would veto funding for the public integrity unit again,” he said.
#RickPerry has been charged with two felonies. He pleaded "oops."— Harold Itzkowitz (@HaroldItz) August 16, 2014
It's really hard to hear #RickPerry's defenders over the sound of all that coffin-nail hammering.— Eric Wolfson (@EricWolfson) August 16, 2014
Better Rick Perry mugshot pic.twitter.com/ucR0GI5GPB— Baratunde (@baratunde) August 19, 2014
Rick Perry before the grand jury that just indicted him: "I swear to tell the truth, the whole truth and... uh... what's that third one?"— Victor Laszlo (@Impolitics) August 16, 2014
Republicans outraged Rick Perry has been indicted for coercion and abuse of power while they still can't figure out what to sue Obama for— The Daily Edge (@TheDailyEdge) August 17, 2014