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  •  It wasn't just about Perry appointing (13+ / 0-)

    a republican if Lehmberg resigned. It was also about putting a halt on the investigation into CPRIT. The agency is suspected of channeling state funds into the pockets of Perry/Abbott campaign donors and political cronies. Perry wanted to shut down the investigation and saw an opportunity to do so by getting rid of Lehmbert.

    These are the allegations afaik

    •  Could you explain a bit more? This sounds like (0+ / 0-)

      the most important information to me.  

      •  CPRIT (1+ / 0-)
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        I commented on this elsewhere at more length, but basically:

        CPRIT is Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas. CPRIT gets a lot of money from the state legislature.

        The Public Integrity Unit is headed by the District Attorney of Travis County--currently Ms. Lehmberg. She's the prosecutor in Austin, hence she is automatically assigned to head a unit with statewide responsibilities.

        Complaints were filed about the disbursement of money by CPRIT to people--including some close to the governor--who were allegedly not supposed to receive it. One former official has been indicted for improperly disbursing several million bucks.

        Is a governor who eliminates the budget for the unit that investigates complaints of corruption trying to shut down such investigations--or trying to clean up government by getting a prosecutor who is guilty of drunk driving to resign?

        •  Thanks! Clearly more than a personal vendetta (0+ / 0-)

          against a Dem. DA, this sounds like obstruction of justice to me.  This information puts the indictment in a VERY different light.  

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