A grand jury indicted Governor Rick Perry for abusing his power by threatening to defund public corruption prosecutors.
Rick Perry Indicted For Abuse Of Power
Credit: Gage Skidmore
August 15, 2014

It doesn't pay to threaten public corruption investigators with defunding when you're a public official, as Rick Perry has now discovered.

Washington Post:

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.

I'm betting it won't make a difference in his 2016 nomination bid, because IOKIYAR.

Update:

You can read the full indictment here.

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