Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) argued that the justice system had been “prostituted” by his indictment for threatening to veto funding to the Travis County Public Integrity Unit unless District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg resigned on Monday’s “Sean Hannity Show.”
“To see the process being prostituted the way that we are in Travis County, it’s unconscionable” he said. Adding that the case was “pure prosecutorial abuse, and it’s politically motivated…at the end of the day, this will not stand.” He further urged those who support the indictment to watch the video of Lehmburg’s DUI arrest where she is seen verbally abusing police officers and kicking the door to her cell.
He also criticized the grand jury process for not allowing him to present evidence in his defense, reporting that “our defense materials never got into the grand jury room,” and that the prosecutor “controlled the process.”
Perry argued that the previous indictments of former Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) and former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX) in the same county shows a “continuity here of the philosophy that if you can’t beat them at the ballot box, if you can’t beat them in the court of public opinion, indict them.”
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