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Texas Gov. Rick Perry Indicted for Abuse of Official Powers

Sat, 16 Aug 2014 00:01:37 +0000

ABC/Matthew Putney(AUSTIN, Texas) -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry was indicted on Friday by a grand jury in Travis County, Texas, on accusations that he abused his official powers.

The indictment was announced by Special Prosecutor Michael McCrum on Friday night. The indictment document lists two charges, abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public servant. Perry, the indictment claims, improperly vetoed funding for the Public Integrity Unit of the Travis County District Attorney's Office.

Perry's General Counsel Mary Anne Wiley released a statement on his behalf on Friday, saying that "the veto in question was made in accordance with the veto authority afforded to every governor under the Texas Constitution." The statement also noted that Perry plans to defend his "lawful and constitutional action."

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