Perry aides appear before grand jury probing veto

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Associated Press

Posted on June 6, 2014 at 5:25 PM

Updated Saturday, Jun 7 at 12:33 PM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Two of Texas Gov. Rick Perry's aides have appeared before the grand jury investigating whether the governor abused his power with a veto.

Legislative director Ken Armbrister and general counsel Mary Anne Wiley were seen entering the room at the Austin courthouse where the grand jury is meeting. Both aides also appeared last month.

Two other aides appeared before the grand jury, but declined to identify themselves.

Special prosecutor Michael McCrum is investigating whether Perry abused his powers when he threatened to veto $7.5 million for the state public integrity unit run by the Travis County district attorney's office.

Perry said he would veto the money if District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg stayed in office after pleading guilty to drunken driving.

McCrum said Friday that he doesn't intend to call Perry.

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