Perry Gives Defiant Statement on Indictment

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.