Gov. Rick Perry under investigation for abuse of office
AUSTIN, TX – Governor Rick Perry is no stranger to controversy. And this time, it could all be goin’ down inside a courtroom.
Special State District Judge Bert Richardson of San Antonio will oversee a grand jury in an investigation surrounding the governor.
Texans for Public Justice, which tracks money in politics, filed a complaint with Travis County prosecutors. They’re claiming Perry abused his power by vetoing funding for public corruption prosecutors last year.
The drama started last June, when Perry first threatened to veto the funding after Travis County District attorney, Rosemary Lehmberg, refused to resign after being arrested for drinking and driving.
After her arrest, she served a 45 day prison sentence and entered a treatment program, ignoring calls by Perry to quit.
So, standing true to his word, Perry later made good on that threat nixing a two-year and $7.5 million for the unit and its hundreds of active cases.
Governor Perry’s office sent us this statement:
“This veto was made in accordance with the veto power afforded to every governor under the Texas constitution. As we have from the beginning, we remain ready and willing to assist with this inquiry.”
So now the question remains; did Perry abuse his power?
Now it’s up to this new jury to decide.