Texas Gov. Rick Perry indicted in probe of veto threat

Published 08/15 2014 04:17PM

Updated 08/26 2015 04:34PM

(NBC NEWS) Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a potential Republican candidate for president in 2016, was indicted Friday in an investigation into an effort to force a local official out of office, NBC station KXAN of Austin reported. A grand jury in Austin handed up the indictment in a long-running investigation of Perry's threat to veto state funding to the Travis County Public Integrity Unit unless District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg resigned.

The threat came after Lehmberg pleaded guilty to drunken driving and served a 45-day sentence last year. Perry called on her to step down, but she refused; Perry then vetoed the funding. The grand jury issued indictments Friday on charges of abuse of official capacity and coercion of public servant, both of them felonies.


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