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

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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soundoff (126 Responses)
  1. Lizzie

    salty dog, your blog is laughable, democrats, respect and truth in the same sentence.

    August 17, 2014 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  2. Tony

    According to the Texas Tribune, Lehmberg and other Travis County officials recused themselves from the case and are not prosecuting it. The prosecutor is a Republican who was a federal prosecutor during the George H.W. Bush administration and was recommended by two Republican Senators (John Cornyn and Kay Bailey Hutchison) to become U.S. attorney for the Western District.

    August 17, 2014 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  3. Ma Richards

    Petty Democrat politics. "You can indict a ham sandwich", to quote Bonfire of the Vanities.

    But if Perry is "guilty", then Barack Obama definitely deserves impeachment for his Lil' Dictator activities.

    August 17, 2014 11:30 am at 11:30 am |

    Hey, the teahage DONNA is back for some more laughs!!!!

    August 17, 2014 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  5. George

    Most likely falsely accuesed and railroaded...he needs to understand what it feels when he is falsely accused and railroaded...he has railroaded people his whole life...may be he will learn and then again may be he wont....most Texas law enforcement and prosecutors as well as state judges are lowlives and thugs and possibly some of them are criminals themselves.

    August 17, 2014 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  6. Dan

    I love the fact that Perry and other GOP leaders are saying that we don't settle political differences by false criminal claims, especially when it comes to executive orders... but yet these are the same nut-jobs that have been saying that congress should sue President Obama and even hinted at impeachment. What blowhard hypocrites.

    August 17, 2014 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  7. Clyde Crashcup

    This is some tasty puddin!

    August 17, 2014 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  8. Clyde Crashcup

    What's good for the goose is good for the gander. How does that feel GOP?

    August 17, 2014 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  9. Thomas

    Rick Perry / Kenneth Lay 2016

    where did the money go , ENRON ?

    August 17, 2014 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  10. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    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 ??

    I see Old Gunderson is back to his fake Russian/Swedish dialect shtick. Such a clever knee slapper he is!

    August 17, 2014 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  11. Rusty Krus

    He is clearly not pleased!

    August 17, 2014 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  12. Chris..E.Al

    Are public libraries open on sundays we can only make returns at ours ?

    August 17, 2014 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  13. sam

    And where is the other side the story".

    August 17, 2014 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  14. ThinkAgain - Don't like Congress? Get rid the repub/tea bag majority.

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

    How is it sleazy to mention the possible consequences should Parry be found guilty? You know, the best way for Parry to have avoided this attention was to not unjustly target someone who was just doing their job.

    August 17, 2014 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  15. salty dog

    Republicans simply can't stand being treated the way they treat others, their the pinnacle of hypocrisy . You have to have a lot of money, or weak mind

    August 17, 2014 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  16. ditdahdit

    Ethics commission? Texicans don't need no stinking ethics.

    August 17, 2014 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  17. ThinkAgain - Don't like Congress? Get rid the repub/tea bag majority.

    @bassman: "The reason Democrats can get away with these kinds of tactics is we have a spineless media that does not point out the political nature of the attacks. Sarah Palin was forced to resign because bogus ethics complaints were costing Alaska millions, and bankrupting her family. Those were the same complaints she went 26-0-1 in. Where was our media? Chasing after her emails after her political enemies told our them if we could only read her emails we would find the smoking gun."

    If you think the Quitter left her governorship for any other reason than to sell herself for cold, hard cash, then you're delusional.

    Palin = Quitter (half-term governor)
    Liar (there are no death panels)
    Mooch (took a State housing allowance while living in her own home)

    August 17, 2014 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  18. rs

    just asking
    Sue the sitting President of the United States for doing his job

    ignoring, changing, altering, delaying or creating laws is not the job of the president. congress writes and passes laws that the president swears an oath to uphold and execute.
    The FREAKING GOP wanted him to grant the corporate extensions you fool. He just did what they wanted, and now they are suing him- this after they wasted 56 votes to overturn the ACA in the House at a cost of $1.5 million per vote.

    The GOP is insane. Get it?

    August 17, 2014 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  19. rs

    Sue the sitting President of the United States for doing his job

    ignoring, changing, altering, delaying or creating laws is not the job of the president. congress writes and passes laws that the president swears an oath to uphold and execute.
    You, (like Tom I) have also obviously never heard of the Code of Federal Regulations. Look up what agency runs the mechanics of the ACA- it is an Executive Branch agency- who can make their own rules... idiot!

    August 17, 2014 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  20. rs

    Klutch Cargo
    Well imagine that!,
    A drunken attorney running a Public Integrity Unit !! Can't get better than that ! Next thing you know they will be electing a Community Organizer for President !! What's the World Coming to?
    Yeah, sort of like putting Michelle Bachmann on the House Intelligence Committee, or Sister Sarah on the ballot for VP.
    BTW we elected a Constitutional scholar with a law degree who taught at UC, and edited a law review (as well as someone who did community organizing), he still beats the idiots your side rums.

    August 17, 2014 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  21. don in albuquerque

    Have any of you bright right wingers bothered to check out what a Grand Jury is? Nope? Normal every day citizens taken from tax or voter registration roles. There just might have been one or two republicans on said jury. Of course don't let facts bother you.

    August 17, 2014 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  22. jon wilson

    He seems liked he'd be a real tool to work for right or left.

    August 17, 2014 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  23. You Got It

    He won't burn on this, just like Obama won't be held accountable for the Solyndra scandal, Harry Reid for the Jay Brown scandal, Nancy Pelosi for the Third Street Light Rail scandal, the 1996 DNC funding scandal, Barnie Frank and male prostitutes, Sandy Berger removing 9/11 documents, Sowande Omokunde slashing tires, etc etc.

    August 18, 2014 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  24. KungFuKool

    Perry 2016!

    -signed the DNC

    August 18, 2014 01:38 am at 1:38 am |
  25. gemini1971

    This proves how dumb liberals are!

    August 18, 2014 06:21 am at 6:21 am |
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