A grand jury indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Friday for abusing the powers of his office by carrying out a threat to veto funding for state prosecutors investigating public corruption — making the possible 2016 presidential hopeful his state’s first indicted governor in nearly a century.
A special prosecutor spent months calling witnesses and presenting evidence that Perry broke the law when he promised publicly to nix $7.5 million over two years for the public integrity unit, which is run by Travis County District Rosemary Lehmberg’s office. Several top aides to the Republican governor appeared before grand jurors in Austin, including his deputy chief of staff, legislative director and general counsel. Perry himself wasn’t called to testify.(Washington Post via Crooks & Liars)
2 thoughts here: (1)this should be a lesson to public officials that you should never threaten defunding the offices of those tasked with investigating public corruption..and (2)watch how fast the Right sweeps this under-the-rug – or worse – lets Rick Perry wear this as a badge of honor.