Why did Texas Governor Rick Perry get Indicted

So Texas Governor Rick Perry has just been indicted and the left wing is elated.  But how did this happen and what are the facts?

The Associated Press:

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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.

From the Texas Observer:

Like many schemes, it started with vodka. Rosemary Lehmberg had been serving as Travis County DA for a little more than four years when, late on the night of April 12, 2013, she was pulled over near Lake Travis, west of Austin. Police found an open vodka bottle in the car and arrested her. She verbally berated the arresting officers, and she didn’t stop the verbal abuse when she got to jail. Lehmberg was strapped into a restraining chair. Hours after her arrest, she blew a .239, almost three times the legal limit.

Lehmberg’s jailers starting filming her, as they sometimes do with uncooperative detainees. That footage quickly found its way into the hands of media outlets. It’s incredibly embarrassing stuff—from Lehmberg’s thinly veiled threats against sheriff’s deputies, to her repeated requests to call Travis County Sheriff Greg Hamilton (“He’s not going to let me sit in jail all night”) to the placement of a hood, commonly known as a “spit mask,” on Lehmberg’s head. She ultimately pleaded guilty and served about half of a 45-day jail term. Calls for Lehmberg to resign started circulating immediately. She didn’t.

Why didn’t Lehmberg resign?

In a word, politics. Lehmberg is a Democrat, and if she stepped down, Rick Perry would be the one to appoint a replacement. Moreover, the Travis County DA—as the prosecutor in the state’s capital—has special responsibilities over a variety of statewide legal issues. Foremost among these powers is the DA’s control of the Public Integrity Unit, which investigates the ethical breaches of state politicians, among a number of other charges.

So Governor Rick Perry threatened use his line item veto power to  de-fund Travis County DA Rosemary Lehmberg’s budget. So a county grand jury  indicted Perry for abuse of Power.

Interestingly Democrats call this kind of thing a political stunt when the Speaker of the House filed a lawsuit against Obama for abuse of executive power.  Amazingly, the left is ablaze with chatter at how appropriate this indictment is against Perry but of course it is Totally inappropriate to  sue Obama over executive orders. The Texas Democratic Party called on Perry to resign immediately.

Perry’s attorney released this statement:

“The veto in question was made in accordance with the veto authority afforded to every governor under the Texas Constitution. We will continue to aggressively defend the governor’s lawful and constitutional action, and believe we will ultimately prevail.”

Twitter Responds about Rick Perry Indictment:

Video: Travis County DA Rosemary Lehmberg DUI/DWI booking video

 

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  1. When someone is charged with DWI it does not mean they should resign from their job, especially when the DWI has nothing to do with their job, although no one should be drinking and driving. Governor Perry saw a political opportunity to get another one of his own people put in place by asking for the resignation of Lehmberg as he would get to appoint someone to replace her. By his own words he said that he would defund the department if she did not resign. I understand he can veto funding of a department for a good reason but this was not about that. She did not do what he wanted so in retaliation he defunded her department, guarantee if she had been a buddy of Perry’s nothing would have happened in the first place. On a side note G.W. Bush averaged ~36 Executive Orders over 8 years and Obama to date has averaged ~33 over 5.5 years. So are EO’s an abuse of power?

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