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Texas governor indicted over 'abuse of power'

Texas Governor Rick Perry waits to greet US President Barack Obama in Dallas, Texas, on July 9, 2014Texas Governor Rick Perry, a potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate, was indicted Friday over allegations he abused his power, prompting calls for him to resign. A state grand jury in Austin indicted Perry on two felony charges — abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public servant — for his alleged threat to veto $7.5 million in state funding to an anti-corruption unit run by Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, a democrat. After Lehmberg was convicted of drunken driving, Perry said he would withhold the funding if she did not step down. When Lehmberg refused to leave her office, Perry carried out his veto, but it is the apparent threat that has landed him in hot water.

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