2014-08-17T010803Z_2_LYNXMPEA7E0XR_RTROPTP_2_USA-POLITICS

Texas Governor Perry calls indictment politically motivated

Texas Governor Rick Perry gestures as he speaks at the Family Leadership Summit in AmesBy Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) – Texas Governor Rick Perry, a possible Republican presidential candidate in 2016, said on Saturday an indictment against him for abuse of power was a political move that he intends to fight. Perry was indicted on Friday by a grand jury in Travis County, a Democratic stronghold in the heavily Republican state, on two counts of abuse of power and coercion over a funding veto he made last year that was seen as being intended to force a local prosecutor to resign. “This indictment amounts to nothing more than an abuse of power and I cannot and I will not allow that to happen,” Perry told reporters in Austin, Texas.

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