Abbott Supports Public Integrity Unit Perry Vetoed

Republican Texas gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott says he still supports a state-funded unit of prosecutors to investigate public corruption.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott (File)

RICHARDSON (September 2, 2014) Republican Texas gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott says he still supports a state-funded unit of prosecutors to investigate public corruption, but says he wouldn't commit to keeping the unit in its current location, Travis County.

The Texas Attorney General 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 after 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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