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August 21, 2014 - 8:51 am

The Texas Democratic Party and its operatives have tried to build a defense of their indictment of Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

According to that narrative, Perry tried to get Lehmberg removed because the Travis County Public Integrity Unit was circling around the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas. There were allegations of crony corruption in CPRIT. According to the Democrat narrative, the suspicion of crony corruption had the PIU looking into Perry and several close associates. So, according to this narrative, Perry wanted to push Lehmberg out as Travis County district attorney, so he could appoint her successor and get that investigation killed off.

The Austin American-Statesman, no friend of Gov. Perry, already shattered that narrative earlier this week. The timeline of the CPRIT investigation does not match the timeline of Perry’s effort to rid Travis County of its drunk-driving, abusive DA.

Now one of the Travis County DA’s investigators has given a sworn statement in the case that ought to kill the Democrats’ narrative with fire.

Chris Walling was a criminal investigator with the Public Integrity Unit. Not only that, he was the primary investigator who was looking into the CPRIT case.

Walling submitted an affidavit on Wednesday, and in that affidavit he says:

“At no time in CPRIT investigation was Governor Rick Perry or anyone from the Governor’s office a target. At no time did I ever obtain evidence that suggested any wrongdoing on behalf of Governor Rick Perry or the Governor’s office. At no time did the evidence that I obtained as investigator ever suggest any wrongdoing on the part of any appointed Board Member of CPRIT. Any suggestion that Governor Rick Perry or anyone associated with him was being investigated is untrue; and, based on my investigation, there was absolutely no evidence whatsoever that suggests wrongdoing on the part of any individual other than the individual ultimately indicted by a grand jury.”

It’s obvious, but probably worth clarifying anyway, that Walling is not referring to the indictment of Perry there. He is referring to the lone indictment of a staffer in the CPRIT case.

Walling’s statement not only destroys the Democrats’ partisan narrative of the case, it destroys the indictment of Perry itself.

Walling’s affidavit addresses what he told the special prosecutor, Michael McCrum, about CPRIT.

“Special prosecutor Michael McCrum contacted me to interview me about the CPRIT investigation. During the interview, Mr. McCrum questioned me about Governor Rick Perry’s potential involvement in the CPRIT situation. I made it clear to him that there was absolutely no evidence even suggesting wrongdoing on the part of Governor Perry and in no uncertain terms that, after a lengthy investigation, no evidence was found to suggest wrong doing on the part of the Governor, the Governor’s office, nor any Board Member of CPRIT.”

Walling also says that he did not have any active investigation during or after the veto of PIU that targeted Gov. Perry or anyone from his office.

Walling’s affidavit raises a huge question: Did McCrum take his testimony to the grand jury? Did the grand jury ever hear this obviously exculpatory testimony?

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.
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In addition to being dishonest, the Democrat narrative failed to realize there would be people in the chain of "logic" unwilling to have their personal integrity tarnished. The fact the Democrats simply assumed everyone would jump on board is appallingly arrogant. Walling understandably was not prepared to have his professional work distorted by politics.
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I imagine the Texas left is already lining up a friendly judge to oversee this railroad job. Then all they need will be a good jury of Austin Democrats to complete things.
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I think it is time for we citizens to re-invest in a health supply of feathers, tar, and large wooden rails...and then put that supply to good use.
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They don't expect to convict Perry. No doubt, taking Delay down was beyond their wildest expectations.

They are just doing what they do, which is to aim the gattling gun at the people they hate and firing away, knowing that every slug fired saps the resistance of people who don't devote themselves 24x7 to defeating leftists.

It's the same thing with the crazy lawsuit by the profoundly corrupt Michael Mann against Mark Steyn. Throw so much lead, be so relentless, make the cost of defense so outrageous that decent people simply give up. (Doesn't look like Steyn will, but without bottomless resources, even he may not be able to stay the course.)

It works. They got Crispy (which is ok with me). Now they have Perry in the cross hairs.

Until people who are forced to be Republicans because our political system gives us no other choice realize this, and decide to fight back in kind, then it won't change.
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Clear and convincing evidence that we should be considering eliminating the PIU, or at least taking it out of Democrat control, by lethal force, if necessary, and charging those within with abuse of power and destroying the integrity and public trust of the legal system.
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Lethal force? Really?
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It may come to that, underbelly.

Pray that it does not.

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Um...like George Washington's men....
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What part of "if necessary" escapes you?
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But lethal force is icky and messy and it HURTS!!
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In addition to being dishonest, the Democrat narrative failed to realize there would be people in the chain of "logic" unwilling to have their personal integrity tarnished. The fact the Democrats simply assumed everyone would jump on board is appallingly arrogant. Walling understandably was not prepared to have his professional work distorted by politics.
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You have to understand their point of view.

First, having zero integrity themselves, they honestly do not comprehend people who DO have integrity. It does not compute. It simply does not exist in their world. Therefore, they don't EVER believe it's real. They ALWAYS assume that any sign of integrity is just play acting for a particular purpose. They REALLY don't believe anyone has real integrity.

Secondly, they don't very often encounter even the pretense of it among their own, so it always catches them by surprise.


When Bill Clinton's long-time associate Ken Starr was making the pretense of investigating Clinton, one of the lead investigators resigned because he realized that Starr was deep-sixing any REAL incriminating evidence. He was a lifelong Democrat.

So, such creatures do exist, but they are exceedingly rare.

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What's so amazing is that Starr tiptoed around that whole investigation and the left STILL destroyed his reputation! I have leftie acquaintances who still think Ken Starr is the devil - well, except for George W. Bush...and Clarence Thomas...and Karl Rove...and...
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Bryan, it has been an entire whole day so...
"What difference, at this point in time, does it make!??"
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It doesn't matter if their case breaks down completely. They now have an indictment with which to bludgeon him in 2016. They think that's all they'll need. I wonder if they're correct?
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Is it any wonder that there is so little regard for the law. Those that are suppose to enforce the laws and prosecute the law breakers are not any better than the criminals they deal with. If we had a honest media these people would not be in the positions they are in. One lies and the other swears to it.
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'They' aren't any better than the criminals they prosecute precisely because 'they' also are criminals. Their motto is "Power - by any means necessary" - which included breaking the law if they feel it 'necessary'. What this country needs is blow-back laws to prosecute those who bring baseless charges regardless of whom they are targeting.

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"Their motto is "Power - by any means necessary" - which included breaking the law if they feel it 'necessary'."

Actually, I think their motto is simply, "Power."

The "by any means necessary" is simply assumed as being too obvious to state.

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Here's the Democrat answer:

"But he knew he was ABOUT to be investigated, so he nipped it in the bud. (And pay no attention to what we said earlier.)"
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I have a request for all of you PJ commenters and that is to leave out the "C" in Democrat. If we all start doing it then it will let online sites know who we are and how we feel about the nasty people they are and the evil ways they employ in politics. The results will be a lot of demoRATS.
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I have to agree (mostly) with Porkov. That kind of name-calling is counter-productive.

I much prefer accuracy. There is one thing we could all do that infuriates the Dems, and is unassailable logically.

Stop using the grammatically and factually incorrect, "Democratic Party"

"Democrat Party" is correct, and it infuriates them. They love to claim the "high ground" (it's not) of being "democratic", and they do not like being reduced to a mere party of Democrats.

Works for me!
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I reflexively dismiss posts that call Republicans "Rethuglicans" and Democrats "DemoRats." My assumption is that the people doing it are fanatical partisans whose arguments can't carry the weight of their prejudices. The "if we all start doing it" call to mob action doesn't appeal to me either. It's one of the reasons I'm not a Democrat.
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I prefer Leftards and Libtards as name for useful idiots who can't think for themselves, use strawman arguments and most importantly can't see the politics of the "truth" the Democrats peddle.
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I, for one, am a partisan to logic, reason and objectivity.

The left categorically rejects those (despite all their claims to the contrary - take most any liberal arts class).

How about you?
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So, libertarians get it twice from you?
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How about replacing the "c" with "n"?
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I imagine the Texas left is already lining up a friendly judge to oversee this railroad job. Then all they need will be a good jury of Austin Democrats to complete things.
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No matter how outrageous the Left acts, we do nothing or we giggle and wait for other liberals to stop the outrageous liberals. From top to bottom our side is The Weak Horse of politics. Our side takes great pride in never being provoked into action. That's not something to be proud about.

These liberals have offices, homes, and cars in physical space and we sit around and hope that the liberal will be shamed by an editorial in a liberal paper. Pathetic.
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When reason and persuasion fails (or more likely, is unavailable), only force is left.
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