Texas Governor Perry Indicted on Abuse-of-Power Charge

Texas Governor Rick Perry was indicted by a grand jury for abusing the powers of his office by vetoing funding for state proscutors investigating public corruption, the Associated Press reported.

Special Prosecutor Michael McCrum told reporters in Austin today that the grand jury indicted Rick Perry on two counts, one of abuse of official capacity and one of coercion of a public servant, according to video of the press conference.

Perry, a possible 2016 Republican presidential candidate, defended the veto in a statement today by Mary Anne Wiley, his general counsel.

“The veto in question was made in accordance with the veto authority afforded to every governor under the Texas Constitution,” according to the statement. “We will continue to aggressively defend the governor’s lawful and constitutional action, and believe we will ultimately prevail.”

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