Rick Perry Delivers Defiant Statement on ‘Outrageous’ Indictment

Governor Rick Perry (R-TX) delivered a defiant statement defending his actions today after he was indicted Friday for threatening to veto funding for the Travis County District Attorney’s office. “I wholeheartedly and unequivocally stand behind my veto and I’ll continue to defend this lawful action of my executive authority as governor,” he said.

“We don’t settle political differences with indictments in this country,” Perry continued. “It is outrageous that some would use partisan political theatrics to rip away at the very fabric of our state’s constitution. This indictment amounts to nothing more than abuse of power and I cannot and I will not allow that to happen.”

“I am confident that we will ultimately prevail, that this farce of a prosecution will be revealed for what it is, and that those responsible will be held accountable,” Perry concluded, before taking questions from reporters.

Perry is being accused of abusing his power as governor by trying to force Rosemary Lehmberg, the district attorney in Travis County, to step down from her post following her drunk driving arrest last year. He threatened to cut off $7.5 million in funding for a public corruption program run by her office unless she agreed to resign. He is now the first Texas governor to be indicted in nearly 100 years.

Watch Perry’s full press conference below, via CNN:

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