Texas Gov. Rick Perry indicted
August 15th, 2014
07:28 PM ET
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Texas Gov. Rick Perry indicted

(CNN) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, was indicted on Friday on charges relating to his efforts to try and force a local district attorney to resign.

A Travis County grand jury handed up the charges.

The two counts against Perry, a Republican, stem from his threat to veto funding for a public integrity unit run by the DA, who had been arrested on a drunk driving charge.


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  1. don in albuquerque

    Hey Klutch' ever bother to look up the amount of work and the scope of the job that a Community Organizer does. I can just about guarantee they do more good for society in month then you will in your life time.

    August 16, 2014 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  2. Jayson

    So just out of curiosity where are the coercion charges against Rosemary Lehmberg for the threats she made to police officers when she was being processed at the jail?

    Mrs. Lehmberg is well on her way to being a true politicians since she couldn't get her story straight to police officers. First she was drinking vodka at a friends house and then later claimed she only had a few glasses of wine.... But hey lets lynch Perry because he is a Republican and ignore the fact that some drunk, lying SOB refused to resign from an office she was unfit to hold

    August 16, 2014 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  3. don in albuquerque

    Gotta love all the right wingers here screaming the Dems are doing this. Look up what a Grand Jury is. It is normally composed of the registered votes of a district. That just might mean that there are a few Republicans on said jury. Besides when did the right get so concerned about drunks? They seen to like the Speaker of the House.

    August 16, 2014 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  4. texasnotea

    Liberals are not responsible for Rick Perry's lawbreaking actions. Rick Perry is and when the rest of this SCANDAL comes out, you know the part where he is using his non profit cancer research center to launder money, then the real SCANDAL will appear.

    August 16, 2014 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  5. Lizzie

    Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....
    First Big Boy and now Governor Good Hair....

    What is up with these GOPT Governors?????☺️☺️☺️☺️
    --what's wrong with DRUNK DEMOCRATS who supposed to be head of the integrity division.

    August 16, 2014 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    The Democrats have indicted Gov. Rick Perry for his efforts to bring integrity to the Public Integrity Unit.

    August 17, 2014 02:25 am at 2:25 am |


    The right wing turds..don't like a taste of their own medicine!!


    and more to come!!

    August 17, 2014 03:25 am at 3:25 am |
  8. Marie MD

    @bassman, no, the screecher from AK resigned because of ethics violations so she ran like the coward that she it. She also saw the potential for her ad nauseum 15 minutes of fame and $$$$$ from those who think that her looks was all that matter in a presidential election. Don't worry though. If she continues to have work done she will start looking like Joan Rivers (except Rivers is really funny).
    klutch cargo and others, you ever try to organize people who are NOT getting paid and are giving their time to help a community or a cause? Maybe you should try it sometime. It takes a lot of effort because this country has become a nation of the have billions and have nots.
    The OOPS governor is a sleaze ball and it just took a little bit longer to expose him for the fake he is. Does he still pwn that ranch in Texas? (CNN will probably not post my opinion because they don't want anybody to remember that little BIG deal of the governor.

    August 17, 2014 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  9. Donna

    How about indicting the drunken Democrat DA that is still in office?! And the clown that brought this joke of an indictment should be removed from office as well. More and more, the Democrats show and prove to the country just how far they will go to misuse the government and the courts and taxpayer money to target and harass their political opponents. Wake up America. These are NOT the types of people you want in positions of power! Remember that this November when voting.

    August 17, 2014 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  10. ChrisM

    So in Perry's statement he Does not mention the Grand Jury findings. Hahahahaha, just keep talking Perry.

    August 17, 2014 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  11. A Kickin Donkey

    FANATICAL rightwing Republicans need to realize that consistency, decency and accountability MATTER. There are more of us than there are of you. If you want to live in a fair and even handed society you might want to get on our GOOD SIDE before we write your integrity off ALL TOGETHER. Stop defending every thing that someone with an "R" by their name says or does. Democrats more often chide and castigate their own transgressors. GOP'ers that want a future would be wise to do the same.

    August 17, 2014 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  12. Tony

    Poor Perry. Unlike the president, who cannot be sued for official acts under the Supreme Court decision in Nixon v. Fitzgerald (1982), Perry does not enjoy such immunity. Sorry, Boehner, delaying the implementation of a law is an official act. Besides, you asked Obama to delay the whole individual mandate, so Obama must have the authority to delay the business mandate.

    August 17, 2014 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  13. ted

    Sleazy WSJ uses "a possible 99 yr. jail term" in it's headlines. The journal is a joke

    August 17, 2014 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  14. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Lizzie says:
    August 16, 2014 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm
    Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross…..
    First Big Boy and now Governor Good Hair….

    What is up with these GOPT Governors?????☺️☺️☺️☺️
    —-what’s wrong with DRUNK DEMOCRATS who supposed to be head of the integrity division.

    So we're going to start going after drunks now huh? Can we start with Boehner, the biggest drunk in DC?!?! News flash.... Alcohol isn't illegal but bribery and intimidation are. 😗😗 Also not to rile you up anymore than you obviously are, but I just heard the two judges that actually signed the indictment are republicans.

    August 17, 2014 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  15. Gurgyl

    -it is not Pres. Obama victory that befell GOP and it's cult, it is Bush wrong war on sheer lies of WMD, it's drain in treasury and Reagan too helped as a catalysts itch his Trickle-down nonsense, now it is showing its effect, to fall of this great big nation down fall–now, it started recuperating, it is so unfortunate this disguise of Republicans, GOP thugs do not even accept, nor give credit–sheer because of black man in White House. Ilet me tell this man is wise, intelligent, and passionate. He has compassion. I think, we need to change WH, as presidential residence.

    August 17, 2014 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  16. jambo86

    The term "dumb as a sack of hair" fits the Texas governor to a tee.

    August 17, 2014 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  17. Steve

    Rick Perry is a demagogue who deserves to be held accountable for abusing his authority as Texas Governor. He's a modern-day Huey Long who believes his personal views of morality and ethical behavior should prevail against the rule of law.

    August 17, 2014 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  18. Stuffitu

    Democrat liberals setting new lows in their abuse of power. Republicans must remember how low this corrupt group has stooped and decide whether to descend that low or not. Remember Tom DeLay was found not guilty after being persecuted by the same corrupt democrat liberal prosecutor and her willing accomplices in the liberally biased media.

    August 17, 2014 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  19. jbigness

    You cannot use your position to steer the outcome of a decision like that. He knows what he did was wrong. If this is the way he plans to run the executive branch, he would be impeached within the first year of office. I can see it now...the Senate is about to pass something that he doesn't like, so he threatens to veto their budget to try and sway their decision.

    August 17, 2014 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  20. brownie

    liberals are just pissed off at gov. perry for going against obama....liberals wants to continue letting those criminals cross the botders and governor perry is closing it

    August 17, 2014 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  21. salty dog

    Donna, and you other brain dead rwnj really can't see the irony of this, just too damn, funny! We don't settle political disputes with indictment, lmao, this is just hilarious. Drunk driving is worse than your governor abusing his position, explains why your endeared to Palin, you support anything they do, but want the democrats to take the high road, grow up for crying out loud.

    August 17, 2014 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  22. salty dog

    So Lizzie, your finally admitting your beloved gop have no morals? Its nice that you've actually realized who is acting like adults, and who does whatever they want, never a sorry, or admissions of guilt, just more lies. The Democrats obviously have shown more respect for our laws and truth than the gop, sad but true

    August 17, 2014 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  23. salty dog

    Stuffit, more lies, tgs law he broke was repealed at the time, he did break the law dropping charges and being found not guilty are different in this case but whatever makes your little mind feel safe ans secure in your right wing bubble chamber. He broke the law, and he knew it your blind support of criminals is no surprise though.

    August 17, 2014 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  24. Lizzie

    Wake up......So we're going to start going after drunks now huh? Can we start with Boehner, the biggest drunk in DC?!?! News flash.... Alcohol isn't illegal but bribery and intimidation are. 😗😗
    -- How many times has Boehner been stopped for driving drunk, or is it just in your genes to accuse every republican to be a drunk. Driving DRUNK is against the law, she drives DRUNK, behaves like a loony, gets 45 days in jail. How many times HAS she been driving drunk without being caught and thank god has not KILLED someone. Tarrant County is a democratic stronghold so having republican judges is very unlikely.

    August 17, 2014 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  25. Gunderson

    Aw, Shucks,
    Old Gunderson love give you Liberal's Credit for something. Oh, got it. 18 Trillion Dollar Federal Debt. Can't blame that on Governor Perry, no? But you get Credit for 29 Hour Work Week. See. You do count for something! You Liberal Pretenders can always serve as a bad example! Um, hows your retirement program doing ??

    Morals? Sorry Deputy Dog, Liar-in-Chief occupy White House. But, check in mail. You save 2800 dollars on Health Plan, Your Taxes won't go up one dime, if you make less than $200,000.00 per year> Hey, you believe that i have Bridge I want sell you, cheap !!

    August 17, 2014 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
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