Texas Gov. Rick Perry indicted

Rick Perry

Rick Perry(CNN) — Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, was indicted Friday on charges relating to his efforts to try and force a local district attorney to resign.

A Travis County grand jury handed up the charges.

The two counts against Perry, a Republican, stem from his threat to veto funding for a public integrity unit run by the DA, who had been arrested on a drunk driving charge.

Mary Anne Wiley, general counsel for Perry’s office, said the “veto in question was made in accordance” with the authority “afforded to every governor” under the state’s constitution.

“We will continue to aggressively defend the governor’s lawful and constitutional action, and believe we will ultimately prevail,” Wiley said in a statement.

The Texas Democratic Party called on Perry to immediately step down.

“The indictment today shows a failure of Governor Perry to follow the law,” according to a statement from the group.

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  • The Opinionated One

    What a crock of bull pucky. The man is one of the best governors in the country, and has to deal with the border crisis as well as being charged by a Grand Jury. This country is going to the dogs!

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