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Texas Gov. Rick Perry Indicted, Accused of Abusing Power (Video)

| by Michael Allen

Texas Governor Rick Perry (R) took a victory lap earlier this week by airing an ad that praised his own efforts of supposedly stopping immigrants and terrorists from entering the U.S. via Mexico.

According to Salon.com, a Fox News voice over states on the ad, “Gang members and terrorists are reportedly using the border crisis as a free pass to set up shop in the United States.”

The ad (video below) then shows Gov. Perry coming to the rescue by ordering 1,000 National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border.

However, Gov. Perry made need some rescuing as he was indicted today on charges of abusing his authority, noted Politico.com.

Gov. Perry, who may run for president in 2016, is accused of vetoing $7.5 million in state money in an effort to force Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg to resign after she was arrested for drunk driving in April 2013.

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Lehmberg pleaded guilty, was sentenced to 45 days in jail, but was able to keep her job.

Gov. Perry was indicted by a Travis County grand jury today on two felonies: abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public servant.

He did veto the money for the state’s Public Integrity Unit, which is in Lehmberg’s office, but not illegally, claims Mary Anne Wiley, general counsel to the governor.

“The veto in question was made in accordance with the veto authority afforded to every governor under the Texas Constitution,” Wiley said in the statement. “We will continue to aggressively defend the governor’s lawful and constitutional action, and believe we will ultimately prevail.”

“There has been an immense amount of work that has gone into my investigation up until this point,” San Antonio attorney Michael McCrum, who is the special prosecutor in this case, told reporters, reports The Statesman. “I have interviewed over 40 people who were related in some way to the events that happened. I looked at the law. I looked at the facts. and I presented everything possible to the grand jury.”

Sources: Salon.com, Politico.com, The Statesman (image Credit: Jim Greenhill)