Video: Perry Talks Indictment, Border, 2016
by ALANA ROCHA, The Texas Tribune
Aug 18, 2014 | 921 views | 1 1 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Video: Perry Talks Indictment, Border, 2016

The day after blasting an indictment against him as political theatrics, Gov. Rick Perry appeared on Fox News Sunday, saying he stands behind his decision to veto funding for the state's public integrity unit.

Perry made the line-item veto on integrity unit funding last year after Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, whose office oversees the unit, refused to resign after her drunken driving arrest. 

"I stood up for the rule of law in the state of Texas," Perry told Fox News Sunday host Shannon Bream. "And if I had to do it again, I would make it exactly the same decision." The governor noted that some Democrats have questioned the felony charges he's facing.

During the interview, Perry also spoke about immigration, border security and whether he's looking at the 2016 presidential race.

Watch the interview here:


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August 18, 2014
Targeting and thwarting an ongoing investigation is no small matter as it undermines the essential fact finding function of our judicial system.

"At the time of Mr. Perry’s veto last year, prosecutors in the unit had been investigating a state agency called the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas. The agency — one of Mr. Perry’s signature initiatives — came under scrutiny by state lawmakers after accusations of mismanagement and corruption; a former official there was indicted last year for his handling of an $11 million grant.”

This can be deemed as an effort “to thwart the investigation into the cancer-research agency” -- it shows he was "trying to scrap the ethics unit for other than his stated reason."