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Governor Vows To Fight Indictments

Updated: Sunday, August 17 2014, 07:45 PM CDT

Governor Rick Perry addressed the public for the first time Saturday since his indictment.

Perry faces felony charges for abuse of power and coercion of a public servant.

The indictment stems from Perry vetoing more than 7 million dollars meant for the public integrity unit. According to the indictment the funding was used as a means to coerce Travis county District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg to resign. Lehmberg as DA heads the integrity unit. Perry vetoed the funding after Lehmberg was arrested and charged with a DWI. According to police records she had a blood alcohol level nearly 3 times the legal limit.

Perry stands by his veto and says it's his constitutional right as governor to veto that funding since he has lost faith in the DA and her ability to run the unit.

"As governor I took an oath to faithfully uphold the constitution of the state of Texas, an oath I have kept everyday as I have worked on behalf of Texans for the last 14 years. That's the same constitution that outlines the authority of any governor to veto items at his or her discretion just as I have," Governor Rick Perry said.

The Democratic Party was armed and ready after the news conference with its own take on the situation. Texas Democratic Party, Executive Director, Will Hailer says it was a clear abuse of power, withholding funds in an effort to force the DA to resign. 

"The governor is on the fast track to becoming a felon. There will be a mug shot of him next week and this is unbecoming of a leader and that's why Texas democrats have asked him to step down," Hailer said.  

If Perry is found guilty he could face a maximum prison sentence of 109 years.

Governor Vows To Fight Indictments


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