Gov. Rick Perry Calls Grand Jury Indictment Against Him ‘An Abuse of Power’

governor.state.tx.us(AUSTIN, Texas) — Texas Gov. Rick Perry forcefully defended himself Saturday, calling the grand jury indictment against him “an abuse of power.”

Perry says he’ll fight charges that he abused his power last year when he vetoed $7.5 million in state funding for the public corruption unit of a district attorney he was trying to pressure to step down. DA Rosemary Lehmberg had been arrested on drunken-driving charges and refused to resign.

“We don’t settle political differences with indictments in this country,” Perry said to reporters at a Saturday news conference in Austin. “It is outrageous that some would use partisan political theatrics to rip away at the very fabric of our state’s constitution.”

Perry says the grand jury indictment was purely political.

“I’m confident that we will ultimately prevail,” Perry added. “That this farce of a prosecution will be revealed for what it is.”

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