Abbott Supports Prosecutors' Unit Vetoed by Perry

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

RICHARDSON, Texas (AP) Attorney General Greg Abbott says he still supports having a state-funded unit of prosecutors investigating public corruption, but wouldn't commit to keeping the unit in its current location.

Abbott told The Associated Press Tuesday that he believed the Legislature would keep the state Public Integrity Unit, even after a grand jury indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry following his veto of its funding.

Perry vetoed $7.5 million for the unit because Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg did not resign following a drunken-driving arrest.

Abbott said it was "premature" to say whether the unit should stay under Lehmberg's supervision.

He also declined to say whether the indictment against Perry should be dismissed, but that Perry's actions appeared to him to have not broken any laws.

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