Governor Perry Visits Midland, Speaks Out About Indictment

Governor Perry Visits Midland, Speaks Out About Indictment

By: Alexa Williams
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - Governor Rick Perry made a stop in Midland on Tuesday morning. He was in town for a groundbreaking ceremony for Occidental Petroleum. But fresh off the heals of his indictment, Perry is once again speaking out on the issue.

"If I had to do it again, I would do exactly the same thing. I was right. I'm going to defend the rule of law. We'll let the process go forward from here," Texas Governor, Rick Perry, said.

It was just a week ago when Perry turned himself in to the Travis County Courthouse in Austin after being charged with abuse of power. It all stems from Perry threatening to veto funds for the State Public Integrity Unit, if Travis County D.A., Rosemary Lehmberg, stayed in office after her DUI conviction. Moving forward, Perry said he is confident in his legal team.

"I think the really great legal team has put together a brief that has now been delivered to the judge laying out a very beefy defense of the constitution of Texas and the statues in Texas that defend a governor's right to veto," Perry said.

A right that Perry said he exercised correctly and encourages other governors to do the same.

"It's not about me. This is about future governors. Democrats or Republicans. The right for them to freely be able to exercise their judgement when it comes to vetoing legislation," Perry said.

For now, Perry said it's in the hands of the lawyers. However, he remains firm that he acted properly and correctly. If convicted, Perry could receive up to 109 years behind bars.