Perry reports to Texas courthouse for booking on power-abuse charges
By Will Weissert and Paul J. Weber, AP
August 21, 2014, 12:04 am TWN
AUSTIN, Texas--Texas Governor Rick Perry on Tuesday arrived at a county courthouse to turn himself in to authorities and be booked on two felony counts of abuse of power by carrying out a threat to veto funding to 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.
An arraignment has been set for Friday for Perry, the longest-serving governor in state history and a potential Republican candidate for president in 2016, but he may waive it and isn't expected to appear in person.
The governor has dismissed the case as a political ploy, laughing off concerns that it could be potentially unflattering as he strongly considers a second presidential run in 2016. Many top national conservatives are lining up to support him, including some potential future White House rivals.
Perry was indicted Friday on charges of coercion and official oppression for publicly promising to veto US$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.