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May 17, 2014 8:58 AM

Grand Jury Investigating Governor for Abusing Veto Power

AUSTIN- Several top aides to Texas Gov. Rick Perry appeared Friday before a grand jury.

The jury is investigating whether the Governor abused the powers of his office by using his veto powers to remove the Travis County District Attorney.

Perry is accused of using a veto to deny millions of dollars in funding to the office of Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg's anti-corruption unit if the Democrat didn't resign after she was arrested for drunken driving.

Perry's aides who appeared in front of the jury include:
Mike Morrissey, Perry's deputy chief of staff.
Ken Armbrister, legislative director.
Rich Parsons, a spokesman for the Governor
and Mary Anne Wiley, general counsel for Perry.

The aides declined to comment about the proceedings and so far, no charges have been filed.

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