Thornberry Addresses Governor Perry Indictments

By David Gonzalez

Published 08/18 2014 06:18PM

Updated 08/18 2014 11:12PM

Texas Governor Rick Perry can continue traveling the country and gearing up for a possible 2016 presidential run despite being indicted on two felony counts of abuse of power after a judge decides not to issue a warrant for his arrest.

Governor Perry was indicted by a Travis County grand jury on two felony counts, allegedly for trying to force a district attorney to resign after getting a DWI.

The indictment alleges he used a veto threat to withhold state money to the Public Integrity Unit that the district attorney ran.  

During a Wichita County Republican Women's luncheon on Monday afternoon, 13th District Congressman Mac Thornberry addressed the issue.

He says the Travis County office has a history of political indictments but an appellate court has thrown them out.

Thornberry says he's sure it will eventually happen in this case.

"I hope the folks in Austin get this office under control because they obviously have a political agenda against republicans and that's not what we need in politics from either party," Thornberry says. 

The indictment is a first of a sitting governor in Texas since 1917 and if convicted, he could face a maximum of 99 years in jail.

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