AUSTIN, Texas -- Gov. Rick Perry isn't mincing words this morning. He says he's the victim of partisan theatrics.

"These are men and women who are on the Democrat side of the aisle that say 'that's outrageous, totalitarian'; I mean those are Democrats saying that -- that's not me," he said.

Governor Perry is facing coercion and abuse of office charges. The question is whether he broke the law when he tried to force the Travis County district attorney to step down after her DUI arrest.

When Rosemary Lehmberg refused to quit, Gov. Perry made good on a promise to veto $7.5 million in funding from the Public Integrity Unit she oversees.

His attorneys even showed us video of her in jail.

"I clearly told the folks what I was gonna do with the funding and I did that. There wasn't any hiding it -- I spoke clearly that I'd lost confidence in her after seeing the video," Perry said.

While some are calling Perry's "veto" an abuse of power, he says he was exercising his constitutional rights.

Perry hired four more attorneys Monday to help him build his case in court.

He is expected to be arraigned on Friday.

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