Texas Gov. Rick Perry vowed in a news conference Saturday to fight all charges made against him for alleged abuse of power.
Perry said his veto of funding for a Travis County public integrity unit — after the Democratic head the office was convicted of drunken driving and refused to resign — was completely within his constitutional authority.
“It is outrageous that some would use partisan political theatrics to rip away at the very fabric of our state’s constitution,” Perry said. “This indictment amounts to nothing more than abuse of power and I cannot and I will not allow that to happen.”
A grand jury returned an indictment against Perry Friday for abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public official.
“I am confident that we will ultimately prevail, that this farce of a prosecution will be revealed for what it is,” Perry said. “Those responsible will be held accountable.”
Perry is the first Texas governor to be indicted since 1917, according to The Blaze.
“I intend to fight against those who would erode our state’s constitution and laws purely for political purposes and I intend to win,” Perry said before taking questions from the media.
Watch Perry’s press conference here:
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