Perry: 'Folks grouse' so he'll pay his own legal tab

Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks to National Right to Life Convention. (Stewart F. House, Getty Images)
Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks to National Right to Life Convention. (Stewart F. House, Getty Images)
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Updated: 8/26 12:40 pm

MIDLAND, Texas (AP) — Indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry says campaign funds, not taxpayers, will pick up his legal tab to deter complaints.

The possible 2016 Republican presidential candidate told reporters Tuesday in Midland that he had considered it appropriate for state funds to pay his legal fees because a criminal investigation dealt with his official duties as governor.

Perry has pleaded not guilty to two felony charges of abuse of power. At least $80,000 in taxpayer dollars have so far been spent on his defense.

Following questions over who would pay for a new team of high-powered attorneys, Perry announced last week that campaign funds would start footing the bill.

Perry said "to keep having folks grouse about it, we'll pick up the cost as we go forward."

 

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