A grand jury has handed up an indictment against Gov. Rick Perry in connection with the investigation into an effort to force Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg to resign.
At the center of the issue is a complaint about intimidation stemming from Perry’s threat to veto of $7.5 million in state funding to the Public Integrity Unit run by Lehmberg’s office. The threat came after she pleaded guilty to drunk driving and served a 45-day sentence; Perry called on her to step down but she refused to resign her position. Perry then vetoed the funding for the PIU.
A grand jury was called to determine whether or not Perry broke the law when he threatened to veto the funding. As a result they issued indictments on two felony charges: abuse of official capacity and coercion of public servant. If found guilty on the charges, Perry could be sentenced to a maximum 109 years in prison.
An indictment indicates the grand jury believes the state has a strong enough case to send to trial and is not a finding of guilt. Special prosecutor Michael McCrum oversaw the presentation to the grand jury who has been meeting on and off this summer and returned the indictment Friday afternoon.
How wonderful of Texas Democrats, defending an arrogant, abusive drunken DA simply because she has a "D" by her name.“The first count of abuse of official capacity. It basically charges that on the day of the veto in 2013 that Governor Perry intentionally or knowingly misused government property that had come into his custody or control,” McCrum said Friday afternoon.More details and analysis to follow from Amy (in Texas).
UPDATE: Governor Perry’s general counsel has issued the following statement: “The veto in question was made in accordance with the veto authority afforded to every governor under the Texas Constitution.,” Perry’s general counsel, Mary Anne Wiley, said in a statement responding to the indictment. “We will continue to aggressively defend the governor’s lawful and constitutional action, and believe we will ultimately prevail.”Here is the footage of Rosemary Lehmberg’s booking. According to court records, a blood test taken the night of the arrest showed that Lehmberg’s BAC was .239–almost three times the legal limit for driving.
Well, this is purely political, and I hope that Gov. Perry not only has a good legal team that shoots this frivolous case out of the sky, but also launches an investigation into those behind this. Why do I say this? Let me lay out the details, as I see them.
Who is Michael McCrum, the "special prosecutor" against Gov. Perry? (Dallas Morning News)
Perry’s office has denied the governor did anything improper when he pushed Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg to resign. Intermediaries told Lehmberg that if she didn’t step down after a DWI conviction than Perry would veto $3.7 million annually earmarked for the state’s Public Integrity Unit that is part of her office.McCrum was accused of wrongdoing earlier this year by the Bexar County (San Antonio) DAs office of telling a witness who had been subpoenaed to testify in a drunk-driving trial to "get lost for a while."
She refused to resign and Perry axed the funding in June.
She is a Democrat and if she resigned her replacement would be named by Perry, a Republican.
The progressive watch-dog group Texans for Public Justice filed a complaint against Perry, contending that he illegally used the weight of his office and the promise of money to attempt to coerce a public official into an action she did not want to take.
When Travis County officials recused themselves from the case, Richardson was selected by the administrative judge for the region to preside over the case. He decided to name McCrum in the role of a special prosecutor to examine the case and determine if charges are warranted.
...In addition to being appointed as an assistant U.S. attorney during the George H.W. Bush Administration, McCrum also was selected by President Obama for one for the four U.S. Attorney posts in Texas. McCrum, after more than nine months of congressional inaction, withdrew his name from consideration.
Keep in mind that Travis County is where former DA Ronnie Earle, a liberal Democrat, used and abused his office to launch politically motivated campaigns against Kay Bailey Hutchinson and former House Majority Leader Tom Delay, whose conviction was overturned back in 2013.
Democrats have had a history of abusing the courts and criminal justice system in political attacks against Republican governors by an effort known as "lawfare." This is what the liberals used against former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, mount a strategy of frivolous ethics complaints that not only tarnished her name in the media, but also kept her from the job she was elected to do while piling up legal bills.
Isn't it also strange this indictment comes as Perry puts National Guard troops on the Texas/Mexico border in the Rio Grande Valley while Obama golfs and vacations in Martha's Vineyard like he doesn't have a care in the world? What an opportune slap at a governor who is showing up a criminal President who encourages the breaking of our immigration laws by his illegal and unConstitutional executive orders. You know because of Perry's leadership in fighting Obama's open border, liberals want to make sure he's not a threat in 2016, so the lawfare to smear Perry begins.
Once again, Democrats are showing what corrupt scum they are, and how low they are willing to sink in order to get power.
More video of the drunken Travis County DA. This is the police dash cam of her failed sobriety test.
She was also filmed kicking the cell door