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Perry Gives Defiant Statement on Indictment

"...abuse of power..." UPDATE: Full statement added.

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Bryan Preston

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August 16, 2014 - 12:28 pm
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Texas Gov. Rick Perry delivered a defiant statement today on the indictment handed down against him Friday afternoon.

Perry called the act an “outrageous” “abuse of power,” and detailed why he uses his veto power as governor to try to restore the public’s trust to the Public Integrity Unit.

That unit, based in the Travis County District Attorney’s office, is headed by DA Rosemary Lehmberg.

Lehmberg had been caught driving while intoxicated in April 2013, with a blood alcohol limit three times the legal limit.

Lehmberg had also been caught with an open bottle of vodka in her car, violating Texas’ open carry law.

Upon her arrest, Lehmberg threatened the arresting officers with political retaliation, a clear abuse of her power.

Lehmberg refused to resign.

Perry used his veto power as governor. Lehmberg appointed an Obama appointee to deliver an indictment against the governor, and he obliged. The complaint itself originated with the Soros-funded, far left Texans for Public Justice.

The indictment, Perry said, uses “partisan political theatrics to rip away at the very fabric of our state’s constitution.”

Perry vowed to bring the case to a swift conclusion.

Lehmberg herself is currently facing a lawsuit for abuse of power. The lawsuit alleges that she unjustly fired an employee who refused to help her bury a case.

Update: Read Gov. Perry’s full statement on the next page.

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This is nothing more than criminalizing a political difference by the loser. The prosecution itself is a gross abuse of power. This is not the first time Travis County Democrats have gone to this particular well.

The only way to prevent future abuses, is to use their own tactic against them.

The AG should convene a Grand Jury and bring charges against those Travis County officials responsible for this. Abuse of Office... Racketeering... whatever would be appropriate.

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I hope Perry goes to trial. It will destroy the Democrats to expose a drunkard perpetuating herself in the bureaucracy. Then every deposition, video, rap sheet, etc. will become a matter of public record. A great opportunity to shovel that ilk off the Texas administration. Go Perry!
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Travis County is the home of the Texas version of Chicago politics.
The entrenched Democrats of various stripes in Travis County are a sordid lot, capable of any dirty trick.
DA Lehmberg is merely the tip of the iceberg in Travis County. When there is a serious integrity unit in Texas, when the office is moved out of Travis County and put on a rotational basis in cities across the state, the blizzard of indictments of Austin based political units - city, school board, county, legislature, and judges will resemble a snow storm. The innnocent of Austin have nothing to fear; the guilty will be exposed for who and what they are.
I look forward to that day when there is a honest integrity unit in Texas, and not a haven for Democrat party hacks in waiting.
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We do not know what is true about this story of Rick Perry's indictment.

AND it is unlikely we'lll get anything even resembling the truth from any in the legacy Media, print or visual.

OR the Hollywood film or TV Series on the planning boards to tell "The Truth" about the people and events.

Meryl Streep to play the indicter, George Clooney to play Perry? NO he woujldn't do that so some other star or risk taker who doesn't mind Playing, to test his acting skills, an evil right-winger. Texan at that.

But if the upshot of Rick Perry's response is considered DEFIANCE this would seem to be a reaction so over the top to suggest something is really rotten in The State of Texas.

Just following the examples of the Stars on the National Stage in Bos-Wash, Chicago and California?

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Way to go, Governor. You should be President. One look at the results of your policies in Texas makes that clear. Instead we have an evil mental pigmy whose policies are beggaring America and blowing up the world. Why? Because he's black and glib.
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What I don't understand is who McCrumb (special prosecutor) is and how the dems got a youngish guy to throw away his future on such a dumb move. And, how come we can get a special prosecutor to defend a drunken party hack but not to explore nationwide IRS corruption?
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I am sure you meant "Open Container" law and not "Open Carry".
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No. The law is referred to as "open carry".
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Republicans need to realize that Democrats believe they are at war with the GOP and should tailor their actions and reactions accordingly. Perry seems to get it, in this instance.
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This is a pre-election attack on Perry. The demokkkrats are shaping the battlefield for the 2016 presidential election.
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This whole mess smells from Obama and Holder
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The start of the next lege session is around the corner and all we Texans need to make a determined effort to eviscerate Travis County and Austin during the session because of this. Contact you elected officials and demand that they pile on Travis County and Austin. Hard.
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I'm unsympathetic to Perry if he has no plan at the ready to deal with this. Any Conservative who does not have his attorneys on speed dial, operatives at the ready and an already fleshed out plan for a counter-attack just isn't going to survive just how down and dirty this war is going to get. If Perry is one of those who has failed to do this then he'll be evolved out in favor of those who are taking the stakes and battlefield conditions more seriously.
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Yup.
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With the libs firmly in control of the media it's questionable whether the destruction of his career can be averted. That there are judges and law professionals willing to go along with this miscarriage of justice is worrisome and that a grand jury can be seated and hand down the indictments for this whole mess to go the extra step does not bode well for us- regardless of whether justice actually gets served or whether the perversion of the criminal processing system to serve political ends continues.

I think the fact that this has gotten this far speaks loudly for the fact that the country is already lost- what is in question is how far gone are we.
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Hardly. Well we are if everyone is ready to run up the white flag at the first flesh would. Man up dude! It's going to get much worse before it gets better. Indeed, the public won't move to the Conservative side before it does so.
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You seem to assert that you have enlarged political cojones.

Please detail for us the courageous actions you have taken over the last 5 years in this fight for justice.

Tick. Tock.
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