Perry Booked On Abuse Of Power Charges, Texas Gov. Rick Perry arrived at a county courthouse Tuesday for booking on two felony counts of abuse of power for carrying out a threat to veto funding for state public corruption prosecutors.
“I’m going to fight this injustice with every fiber of my being. And we will prevail,” Perry said before walking into the Travis County Courthouse in Austin, where a grand jury indicted him last week.
The Republican has dismissed the case as a political ploy, and he has laughed off concerns that it could be potentially unflattering as he strongly considers a second presidential run in 2016. Many top national conservatives have lined up to support him, including some potential future White House rivals.
The longest-serving governor in Texas history was indicted for coercion and official oppression for publicly promising to veto $7.5 million for the state public integrity unit, which investigates wrongdoing by elected officials and is run by the Travis County district attorney’s office. Perry threatened the veto if the county’s Democratic district attorney, Rosemary Lehmberg, stayed in office after a drunken driving conviction.