Texas Gov. Rick Perry was indicted by a state grand jury on Friday on charges of abusing his official capacity and coercion of a public servant.
The two charges come in response to the Texas governor’s attempt to force Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg to resign after she was arrested for drunk driving in April 2013.
Lehmberg later took a plea bargain where she served 45 days in jail and paid a $4,000 fine. Perry called on Lehmberg to resign, which she refused to do.
Perry then threatened to veto more than $7 million in state funding for a program she runs, with the acknowledgment that Travis County could continue to fund it if the state stopped funding it. The program, called the Public Integrity Unit, investigates allegations of political corruption. Perry later vetoed the funding.
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