The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals said on Wednesday it will hear arguments on whether former Texas Governor Rick Perry should face trial on an abuse of power count, one of the charges that clouded his failed Republican presidential run.
The court set Nov. 4 oral arguments for the count of abuse of official capacity, a first-degree felony charge that can carry from five to 99 years in prison
In July, a Texas state appeals court threw out a lesser charge leveled against Perry for coercion of a public official.
Perry was indicted on the two charges in August 2014 by a grand jury in Travis County, a Democratic stronghold in the heavily Republican state, over a funding veto he made in 2013 that was seen as being intended to force a local prosecutor to resign
Perry first threatened and then vetoed $7.5 million for an integrity unit in the Travis County District Attorney’s office. Many said Perry played hardball politics to force out county District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, a Democrat, after she pleaded guilty to drunken driving.
Perry, the longest-serving governor in Texas history, has maintained that he was acting within his powers when he made the funding cut. A special prosecutor in the case has said that Perry acted unlawfully to pressure Lehmberg, who remained in office.
Perry’s lawyers have sought for months to have the charges dismissed.
In September, Perry, struggling to raise money and languishing near the bottom in presidential opinion polls, became the first member of the crowded Republican field to drop out of the 2016 White House race.
(Reporting by Jon Herskovitz; Editing by Doina Chiacu)
‘Beyond insane’: CNN’s Ana Navarro buries impotent GOP as Trump descends into ‘messianic’ madness
During a very lively CNN "New Day" panel, regular contributor Ana Navarro expressed disgust at the Republican Party for standing by while Donald Trump appears to be unraveling.
Responding to a report in the New York Times that claimed aides to the president are growing more and more concerned with the Trump's state of mind, Navarro said that same concern is spread outside of the U.S. too.
"We had a debate earlier in the program about whether or not the president at this point is just messing with everyone," host Alisyn Camerota prompted. "He's calling himself the 'chosen one.' He's suggesting he's the messiah. He seems to be enjoying this moment of rhetorical madness or Mr. Toad's Wild Ride -- do you see something else happening here?"
Former Tea Party congressman and Trump-supporter-turned-never-Trumper may announce 2020 presidential run
A same-party primary challenge against a sitting president is not unheard of. Five members of a sitting president’s party would be extraordinary.
Currently, only former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld has officially declared he is running for the Republican nomination for president.
But as The Washington Post just reported, there are four more Republicans in the wings, “inching” closer to declaring their candidacies.
‘Clearly a willing agent of a foreign government’: Presidential historian alarmed by Trump bowing to Russia
Presidential historian Jon Meacham has concluded that President Donald Trump appears to be a "willing agent of a foreign government."
The Pulitzer Prize-winning presidential biographer was alarmed by Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's appeasement of Russia, in the face of its attacks on U.S. democracy and its aggression against Crimea and other neighbors.
Meacham told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" the situation was unprecedented in American history.
"(It's) as gloomy as at any point in the history of the country, in terms of a president's conduct of our policy toward a foe and/or a rival, depending on how you want to characterize Russia," Meacham said. "One of the great mysteries of the age, to me, continues to be how the party that was so vital to the defeat of Soviet totalitarianism has decided to support a president who is enabling and being in many ways complicit with the totalitarian heir to that system."