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Texas Gov. Rick Perry Booked at Austin Courthouse on Felony Charges Tied to Controversial Indictment


"I wholeheartedly and unequivocally stand behind my veto."

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) surrendered to authorities at an Austin courthouse Tuesday evening after being indicted for allegedly abusing the powers of his office.

The conservative firebrand was expected to be fingerprinted, have his mugshot taken and be formally booked on felony charges tied to the indictment which accused him of exceeding his powers by threatening to veto funding for state prosecutors investigating public corruption.

Perry, a possible 2016 presidential contender, has maintained that he did not wrong.

“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,” spokeswoman Mary Anne Wiley said in a statement sent to TheBlaze after the governor was indicted.

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A rally in support of the governor took place at the courthouse where he surrendered in the late afternoon before making a short statement.

On Tuesday, Perry’s political action committee released a short video titled “Setting the Record Straight.” Aimed at defending the governor’s record, the video is a scathing reply to Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg's two count indictment.

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The short video summarizes Lehmberg's 2013 arrest and conviction for driving while intoxicated and Perry's call for her resignation. Included in the presentation are some of the more embarrassing video clips taken during the district attorney's arrest.

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At the conclusion of the video, Perry is seen defending his position on both the veto threat and indictment.

This story has been updated. TheBlaze's Oliver Darcy contributed to this report.


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