Texas Gov. Perry rejects power abuse indictment as ‘politically motivated’
“This indictment amounts to nothing more than an abuse of power and I cannot, and I will not allow that to happen,” Perry said in Austin, Texas, adding that he stands by his use of the veto power which ended in charges being laid against him.
“We don’t settle political differences with indictments in this country. It is outrageous that some would use partisan political theatrics to rip away at the very fabric of our state’s constitution,” he added.
“I wholeheartedly and unequivocally stand behind my veto, and will continue to defend this lawful action of my executive authority as governor.”
He called the case against him a “farce of a prosecution” that he intends to fight against and win.
A possible Republican presidential candidate in 2016, Perry was indicted on Friday in Travis County, a Democratic nucleus in a mainly Republican state, on two counts of abuse of power and coercion. Perry was indicted for fulfilling a veto threat that consisted of $7.5 million withholding funds for the state’s anti-corruption group, the Public Integrity Unit.
Overall if convicted, Perry could be sentenced to up to 99 years in jail for the abuse of official capacity which is a first-degree felony while coercion of a public servant carries a punishment of two to 10 years.