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Statement from Gov. Rick Perry's office on his indictment; his attorneys issue statements
Statement by Mary Anne Wiley, General Counsel for Gov. Rick Perry
AUSTIN - Mary Anne Wiley, General Counsel for Gov. Rick Perry, today issued the following statement regarding the decision by the Travis County Grand Jury:
"The veto in question was made in accordance with the veto authority afforded to every governor under the Texas Constitution. We will continue to aggressively defend the governor's lawful and constitutional action, and believe we will ultimately prevail."
Please see the statement from David L. Botsford, counsel for Gov. Perry:
"I am outraged and appalled that the Grand Jury has taken this action, given the governor's constitutional right and duty to veto funding as he deems appropriate. This clearly represents political abuse of the court system and there is no legal basis in this decision. The facts of this case conclude that the governor's veto was lawful, appropriate and well within the authority of the office of the governor. Today's action, which violates the separation of powers outlined in the Texas Constitution, is nothing more than an effort to weaken the constitutional authority granted to the office of Texas governor, and sets a dangerous precedent by allowing a grand jury to punish the exercise of a lawful and constitutional authority afforded to the Texas governor."
AP REPORT BELOW:
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry's state attorney predicts Perry will be cleared of two felony charges handed up late Friday by a Travis County grand jury.
Perry faces two counts of abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public servant over his use of veto power to pressure a Democratic district attorney to resign in 2013. Perry is a Republican.
Mary Anne Wiley, general counsel for Perry's office, says he used veto powers granted under the state constitution. She says Perry's lawyers will "aggressively defend" him and "believe we will ultimately prevail."
Perry could face up to 99 years in prison if convicted. He's the first Texas governor to be indicted in nearly a century.
Perry's private attorney, David Botsford, did not immediately comment.