Texas Gov. Rick Perry Booked On Felony Abuse Of Power Charges

By: AP
By: AP
Texas Gov. Rick Perry booked on felony abuse of power charges, vows

Gov. Perry mugshot (Credit: Travis County Jail/Kens 5 San Antonio)

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has been booked on felony abuse of power charges. He is accused of abusing his power by carrying out a threat to veto funding to state public corruption prosecutors.

Perry, who is mulling a second presidential run in 2016, reported to the Travis County Courthouse on Tuesday. The Republican has called the case a political ploy, and many top Republicans are supporting him.

He's accused of coercion and official oppression for promising to veto $7.5 million for the state public integrity unit run by the Travis County district attorney's office.

Perry said he'd veto the funding if District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg didn't resign after a drunken-driving conviction.

Lehmberg refused and Perry carried out the veto, drawing an ethics complaint.

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