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Gov. Rick Perry to surrender

Updated: Tuesday, August 19 2014, 05:40 PM CDT
AUSTIN - Texas Governor Rick Perry will surrender at about 4:45 p.m. Tuesday in Austin following his indictment last Friday on charges of abuse of power.

According to Governor Perry's lead attorney, Tony Buzbee, Perry will say make a few statements to reporters before he goes in and again when he comes out of the Criminal Justice Center.

Sheriff's deputies will take his mug shot and fingerprints. 

"This is a complete waste of time and money, but he will do everything everyone else would have to do (in this situation.)," says Buzbee.

(Friday) AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry has been indicted for abuse of power after carrying out a threat to veto funding for state public corruption prosecutors.

The Republican governor is accused of abusing his official powers by publicly promising to veto $7.5 million for the state public integrity unit at the Travis County District Attorney's office. He was indicted by an Austin grand jury Friday.

Perry said he'd veto the funding if the district attorney, Rosemary Lehmberg, didn't resign. Lehmberg had recently been convicted of drunken driving. The state's Public Integrity Unit operates out of her office. When Lehmberg refused, Perry carried out his veto, drawing an ethics complaint.

Perry is the first Texas governor indicted in nearly a century.

He's leaving office in January, but he's a possible 2016 presidential run.
Gov. Rick Perry to surrender

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