Rick Perry calls indictment “partisan political theatrics”
Texas Gov. Rick Perry is fighting allegations that he abused his powers.
The potential 2016 presidential candidate was indicted by a grand jury Friday on two corruptions charges.
He says the charges are politically motivated.
“It is outrageous that some would use partisan political theatrics to rip away at the very fabric of our state’s constitution,” said Perry. “This indictment amounts to nothing more than abuse of power. And I cannot and I will not allow that to happen.”
Perry is accused of abusing his power as governor after he slashed eight million dollars in funding for the state’s Public Integrity Unit.
The funding cuts came after he called for the resignation of the unit’s leader, District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg.Perry called for Lehmberg’s resignation after she was arrested for drunk driving.
Lehmberg ignored the calls and Perry pushed for the funding cuts.
If convicted, Perry could face imprisonment and heavy fines.