SAN ANTONIO -- Aspecial prosecutor investigating Gov. Rick Perry, who last year withheld funding from the Travis County District Attorney's Office after Rosemary Lehmberg refused to resign, says he is troubled by the governor's conduct.
San Antonio lawyer Michael McCrum said in an exclusive interview with KVUENews and the Austin American-Statesman that, I cannot elaborate on what exactly is concerning me, but I can tell you I am very concerned about certain aspects of what happened here.
McCrum said he is preparing to present the case to a special Travis County grand jury that will be convened mid-month.
Perry said immediately after the veto that he could not give the money to Lehmberg's office because she had lost the public's confidence after her April 2013 drunken driving arrest. She was later sentenced to 45 days in jail and prevailed in a civil court case to remove her from office.
A state district judge appointed McCrum after Perry's state budget veto last year and a complaint by Texas for Justice that alleged Perry violated state laws concerning bribery, coercion and abuse of authority.
The veto meant that the Public Integrity Unit, which investigates ethics complaints against politicians statewide and is housed in Lehmberg's office, was left without a $7.5 million, two-year allocation. Travis County commissioners agreed to partially fund the operation, but two employees lost their jobs.
This week, a Perry spokeswoman said that the governor broke no laws: As he has done following every session he s been governor, Gov. Perry exercised his constitutional veto authority through line-item vetoes in the budget.