Texas Governor Rick Perry booked at Austin court house

Published 08/19 2014 11:07PM

Updated 08/19 2014 11:30PM

A defiant Texas governor Rick Perry had to get finger-printed and pose for a mug-shot today in Austin after being indicted last week on charges he abused the powers of the governor's office. 
More on the story from NBC's chris clackum.  
Texas governor Rick Perry had no choice but to be booked Tuesday in Austin on charges of public corruption but had choice words to describe the charges.
"I will fight this injustice w/ every fiber of my being and we will prevail and we'll prevail because we're standing for the rule of law," says Gov. Perry.
A grand jury indicted Perry Friday on two felony charges of abuse of power -- for allegedly intimidating democratic district attorney Rosemary Lehmberg into resigning after she pled guilty to drunk driving.
Prosecutors say Perry threatened to use his veto power to withhold state funds from Lehmberg's agency that investigates public corruption. When Lehmberg didn't step down, Perry vetoed the funds.
Texas attorney Sam Bassett says, "I think it's a valid argument to say it's a dangerous territory to indict a governor for a veto, or speaking  freely about a political issue. On the other hand, I think the prosecutor's argument is equally compelling so it's going to be very interesting"
Perry's in the final months of a historic 14 year run as Texas governor, and is said to be eyeing another run at the white house, provided he's not hurt politically by these charges.

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