Rick Perry indicted for alleged abuse of power in veto dispute

by FoxNews.com
August 16, 2014

Texas Gov. Rick Perry was indicted Friday for allegedly abusing his veto power during a dispute with a public corruption prosecutor over her drunken driving arrest — in a case that could mar the potential 2016 presidential candidate’s political prospects.

Perry, who ran unsuccessfully for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012, is the first Texas governor to be indicted in nearly a century.

The indictment came down late Friday, after a special prosecutor spent months calling witnesses and presenting evidence that Perry broke the law when he threatened to veto $7.5 million over two years for the public integrity unit, which is run by Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg’s office.

The governor wanted Lehmberg, a Democrat, to resign after she was arrested and pleaded guilty to drunken driving in April 2013. When she refused, Perry vetoed the money.

39 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • I Seigel says:

    Here’s a great update to this story. News today (Nov 19) is that Perry’s legal team had tried to get the case thrown out of court on technicalities, but the judge ordered the case to continue.

    Get this: Perry’s attorneys wanted the case thrown out because the special prosecutor wasn’t properly sworn in and some paperwork hadn’t been properly filed. Uh oh, if that’s the best that his attorneys could come up with, I have a feeling that Perry is in for a fun ride!! Whoopeee!

  • Vincent DiPentima says:

    This is a typical common response when a Democrat is accused of muiss conduct as has a public corruption prosecutor over her dunken driving arrest. She committed the crime and rfetaliates agaiunst a Governor who upholds the law. This is a common traIT BY

  • RightLane1111 says:

    This is to keep him out of the 2016 presidential race. This charge against Perry is way,….way over the top. This doesn’t even make sense.

  • Salgal says:

    We all can guess who’s behind this! How about someone named Holder for starters? This is retaliation for Perry defending our boarders, boarders this administration wants unguarded. This administration is never into discussion about problems in our country, nor finding solutions to our problems. It is their habit to come to decisions they deem correct, no matter what the rest of us think. It’s a bully administration that responds to actions they want to promote and punishes protestors with trumped up law suits. Keep fighting, Gov. Perry!

    1. I Seigel says:

      ” It is their habit to come to decisions they deem correct, no matter what the rest of us think. It’s a bully administration that responds to actions they want to promote and punishes protestors with trumped up law suits.” And this seems exactly the sort of behavior that you admire in Putin. Go figure….

  • dhwilson58 says:

    You flippen Democrate maggots are just head hunting anything that might make Gov Perry look bad due to him protecting our borders, the only government official that’s protecting our borders and the citizens of America !! This man could do almost anything short of killing and America would over look it as the least of possibility two evils. After what Obama has been doing to destroy our country and kill off as many Americans in it, Perry will thrive thanks to Obama! If y’all want to do something to earn your $160,000. + A year, why don’t y’all get together as one and take out the Muslim trash from the White House !!! Moreover, what Perry may have done doesn’t hold a candle next to liar Bill Clinton, murderer Hilary, lie your a$$ off Holder then pull your race card and of corse, that terrorist bucket of maggot pi$$ himself, Obama !!!

    1. I Seigel says:

      The Gov has sent 1000 National Guard troops to the border. With no powers to arrest, just observe. Were they handed out ammo? Just one bullet kept safely in the pocket? A 1000 Barney Fife’s on the border? I feel so much safer already.

  • savage24 says:

    It is apparent to anybody with more then two working brain cells that as Governor, Perry has the right to veto any spending bill he wants to, and doesn’t need to give a reason. All the legislators have to do is get enough votes to over ride him. If anybody abused the power of office it was the drunken DA of Travis County. But then we have to remember that liberalism is a mental disease and is highly contagious to the clueless electorate.

  • suzy2 says:

    Fu cking prosecutor. Why doesn’t he prosecute the SOB Obama for all his crimes? This pisses me off big time

    1. I Seigel says:

      Maybe because Obama hasn’t committed a crime in Travis County? And maybe because the DA doesn’t have jurisdiction over Obama’s crimes? Take a deep breath and get a grip.

      1. ijohnc1 says:

        Der Seigel, you make a great troll, oh, I know, just trying to find your bridge.

        1. I Seigel says:

          Not a troll. I consider myself more like Harvey Keitel’s character in Pulp Fiction. The cleanup guy who fixes other people’s messes.

  • Susan Day says:

    I thought he would kill a lot of people,but I thought it would be us. looks like they are saving us for last. hence all those coffin liners in Georgia. I saw the pictures.

  • James Maxwell says:

    Isn’t it strange how the Socialist Democrats will whine, howl, bemoan a
    something that was done for the benefit of the citizens of TEXAS to save
    a bottom feeding incompetent Socialist politico appointee but never
    utter a peep about why she was forced out of office. If they want to look
    at corruption and violation of laws why don’t they go after the Kenyan
    bottom feeder occupier of the White House and the Socialist Democrat
    and GOP members who certified him as qualified to sit in the Presidency
    in the first place. In Austin, as most major cities where bastions of
    useless Low Life Ultra Left Wingers live you cannot expect any real
    form of justice unless it suits their political purpose.

    1. I Seigel says:

      She was not an “appointee”. She was an elected official. The Perry regime had been after her for a LONG time, as had other officials and former co-workers. An assistant DA that she fired falsely accused her of a hit-and-run that same night. He later retracted his story.

      Over 100 attorneys came out in support of her. The judge in her case found nothing that would allow or cause him to eject her from office. The local paper, the Austin Statesman, came out in support of her. She’d hardly “lost the trust of the public”.

      1. James Maxwell says:

        She was caught, found guilt and convicted, she has lost the

        public trust. If she, is given a “special Pass” then that says
        she is above the law and doesn’t have to face the same

        consequences as your and I would. As for the 100 Democrat
        lawyers who came out in support of her that is hardly a

        recommendation especially if you research how man of them

        have appeared before her and the results of their clients
        sentencing. Wink, Wink, Nod, Nod and go home now be

        a good boy and we will not punish you, just be sure to make
        as sizable donation to a specific political party.

        1. I Seigel says:

          She was not “found guilty”. She pleaded guilty. She has lost the trust of SOME of the public. Probably the same percentage that never trusted her in the first place. She did not lose the trust of the full, or even majority, of the public. The judge could not find reasonable cause to throw her out of office. It was her choice to stay. She’s a fighter. I guess you have to be, in Texas.

          Now, if you want to talk about “public trust”, how about ex-Gov Mark Sanford? Or the “wide stance” Senator Larry Craig?

          Lots of people get DUIs, even public officials and sports stars. Or they get caught smoking pot. Or like the Florida congressman, smoking crack.

          1. James Maxwell says:

            She pleaded “Guilty” simple because she was able
            to plea bargain rather than go to trial and be found
            guilty by a jury. It allowed her to “save face” and
            not face the disgrace of being convicted in a court
            of law. The sentence of a conviction in court would
            have put any chance of a plea bargain out the
            window and she could have faced jail time. She
            took the back door route out to try and keep her
            office and the government paycheck rolling in. We have seen many people in the news, sports figures,
            politicos and others pay big money to get out of
            being punished as normal citizens are. I agree
            many people can make mistakes but when someone in the public eye gets caught they deserve to be held accountable. If the charges are prove to be true then they should be punished as I or any other citizens would be. But if the charges are proven false that is another story and those who
            pressed the false charges should be punished
            especially if it is politically motivated. We see
            a lot of mud slinging from the left or partial
            truth leaked that distort the full facts of the case.

          2. I Seigel says:

            I agree with just about everything you said. Of course, plea bargaining is only one of the many tricks that guilty people use to get out of doing jail time. And this woman is a lawyer, so she knows the system as well as anybody. Nothing illegal about any of it, however. And we ARE talking about a DUI here, not selling crack on a playground or killing your wife or embezzling church money. And nobody was hurt by her driving, luckily. If there had been an accident or worse, or if she’d had a history of DUIs, she would not have been allowed a plea bargain.

            But then you ruin your comment by saying “We see a lot of mud slinging from the left…” C’mon, let’s be fair here. There’s plenty of mud being slung from both sides. This is Texas we’re talking about. Plenty of right-handers and left-handers doing the slinging.

      2. gagec1 says:

        Oh really, spending 24 days in prison is probable cause for firing. Anyone that has the kind of record she had, should be in jail for RICO violations. Tit for Tat is it? well the ball is back in Governor Perry’s court 🙂 Game On!

        1. I Seigel says:

          What “record” does she have? She pleaded guilty to a DUI. Was there something else? The judge didn’t think so.

  • Rick Radford says:

    Let me see if I have this right: Head law enforcement person in Austin……BREAKS THE LAW, PLEADS GUILTY, GETS CONVICTED. She is asked to resign because she has demonstrated a lack of PUBLIC INTEGRITY by her actions. Then the corrupt DA goes on a witch hunt to find enough people to lie enough to get a corrupt jury to indict the Governor for “abuse of power”

    This is straight out of Alinsky’s book. The democrooks in Austin are in business as usual mode. And then they wonder why the public despises them so much. This is nothing but a political witch hunt, and will pass soon enough. The dems must be atleast a little worried about Perry in re 2016. Looks like the lies and smears have begun.

    1. I Seigel says:

      Nope, you don’t have it right. The DA did not go on a witch hunt. A watchdog agency brought a complaint, and a grand jury was convened to hear the complaint. The DA and the Dems didn’t have anything to do with this case. All legal, no political.

      And you’re also wrong – the Dems don’t wonder why the public despises them.

      Sorry to bust your righteous bubble.

      1. Rick Radford says:

        The agency you refer to is something like Texans for Public Justice, or some other such name. They, in reality, are not Texans at all. They are a political asassination gang that uses frivolous lawsuits, crooked DA’s, and baseless indictments as tools to attack any politicians who do not kiss their ideological asses. They are based in Chicago, and front out of offices in the various venues they are currently operating in.They are funded by George Soros and other Marxist front groups, and have been around since the late 1990’s. And yes I can prove the facts as stated, so don’t call me out on it unless you want to be slapped in the face with those things you despise so much. You know, facts.

        If you knew anything about the Constitution of the State of Texas, you would know that the Governor is 100% within his rights and authority to veto funding for a Public Integrity office being run by a Convicted DWI offender, on the basis that she is unfit for duty. He asked her prior to the veto to do the honorable thing and resign. She refused, and he acted accordingly and legally.

        Lastly, you are right. Dems don’t give a rats ass about the people they so ably MIS-REPRESENT. All that matters is that the orthodoxy of the Statist is advanced, at all costs. It does not matter that the “Great Society” has been a TOTAL and COMPLETE FAILURE, by any honest measure. I take solace from knowing that no matter what happens, even if the Marxists got 1000% of all of their policy wishes, granted and in place as of midnight tonight…………you would all wake up in the morning and still be MISERABLE and UNHAPPY!!!
        I am so happy I don’t live your sad lives.

        1. I Seigel says:

          OK, that would be great if you could provide some, you know, facts. Please don’t regurgitate reporting done by Breitbart or Drudge. Try to find real, you know, facts. Actual data, not opinions.
          So you say that Soros and other “Marxist front groups” funded these guys? Probably gave them millions? And their headquarters are in Chicago?
          Please “slap me in the face” with your facts. If I’m wrong, I will gladly and sincerely apologize to you.

          1. Rick Radford says:

            A quick visit to the tpj website shows support from the Open Society Foundation, among others. Owned , founded, and paid for by George Soros. I could go into more detail on this if needed.
            You say Perry “tied the two events together”. Consensus opinion of those involved say that Perry offered her the honorable way out, resigning, and she refused. At that time Perry made the decision to withhold funds from the PI department because he felt she was not fit to run the dept. Again completely legal.
            What is it about you leftists and hiring lawyers. This indictment came about as a DIRECT RESULT of Gov. Perry’s duties as a Public Servant. As such he is covered by the State for legal costs. Would you be whining if it were a dem governor being charged doing the same thing???
            Have you ever been falsely accused of anything. Wouldn’t you want the BEST LAWYERS you could possibly get to defend you???
            When you have something substantive to complain about, drop me another note, Skippy

          2. I Seigel says:

            Yes, I do see a connection with George Soros providing SOME of the $270,000+ that the group received last year in funding. They also get their funding from trial lawyer groups and groups promoting government transparency. According to their website they are NOT, as you stated, headquartered in Chicago. You didn’t mention this, which also was discoverable with a quick trip to their website, which I did before posting my earlier response to you.

            Let’s not be hypocritical here – I have no problem with Perry spending public money to defend himself, if you have no problem with Obama flying on AF One to Hawaii for vacations. Did you – or others in this forum – whine when Bush flew on AF One to his ranch in Texas, or when Reagan flew to Santa Barbara on AF One?

  • TexRancher says:

    “Public Integrity Unit”? How can it have any respect if the head official doesn’t have “clean hands”? The problem we have today is that too many in office are crooks, drunks and dope heads!

    So it’s a bad thing to try to clean out those who damage the public image by their own actions…..

    Sounds more like some democrats don’t like the fact that Perry has acted instead of running his mouth like the resident in the White House when it comes to protecting The Country and Americans from the dangers being brought in by Kenya Boy’s invaders!

    1. Lynn Shelton says:

      Wht about Obama .., he definitely abuses his power

      1. TexRancher says:

        ObamaBots have their heads so deep in the sand that they don’t see what a target they present OR at least a place for the mourner to park his bicycle!

        That did happen in the “People’s Republic Of Austin”!

      2. Steve Thomas says:

        Why would try to compare Governor Perry to obama. Gov. Perry did nothing wrong. Obama has done almost nothing right.

        1. Wild_Bill_vintage_1948 says:

          Yes, he definitely did something wrong. He did not just cut the budget, which would be O.K. He THREATENED to cut the budget if the Democrat did not resign. So he’s corrupt. QED

    2. boone1 says:

      This is called demoRATS pay back that’s all and Gov.Perry did the right thing.

    3. I Seigel says:

      “Public Integrity Unit”?!?!? Wait. In Texas?!?!? How can that be? Is that like the old “lipstick on a pig” trick?

  • Ordinary_Guy says:

    Tthis type of thinking should be applied to a certain affirmative action POTUS.

  • CTH says:

    Same old dirty tricks by a vengeful democrap district attorney in Austin. It worked on Tom Delay for a while until the matter got beyond the stench in the courts of Travis County. Like in the prior case the district attorney should be disbarred. Maybe better they should get their butts kicked until they get over their nastiness. Then again such foul play is so ingrained in the democrap psyche butt kicking probably could not dislodge it.

    1. gagec1 says:

      If i am not mistaken, Perry has the right to have the venue moved away from Austin, and moved to Dallas if he wants because he is the Governor of the state rather than a mayor or other local official. This will allow him to hand the Destructocrats their asses back to them. After he is acquitted, i would have that attorney and those in the grand jury and even the judge that approved the indictment up on charges of wrongful whatever he can come up with……. turn the tables, because they Lie and cheat and steal and Lie, i said that one already. I have never seen one specific group of people who can be so vindictive and petty and Lie and steal and cheat the people day in and day out. How do they sleep at night. Oh yeah, the also find a way to make the murder of an innocent child OK…… can’t take them anymore.

      1. I Seigel says:

        You are mistaken. But you probably already figured that out for yourself.

      2. Wild_Bill_vintage_1948 says:

        You can’t charge a grand jury with anything at all, doofus.
        Basically nobody murders innocent children. If it hasn’t been born or removed from the mother’s body and survived, it isn’t a child. It’s a parasite up until then, or something that might become a human being someday. Since you, personally, are not God, you don’t get to overturn the laws.

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