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Gov. Perry Defends Himself in Washington, D.C.

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    While on the road making speeches, Governor Rick Perry's legal team went on the offensive again on Thursday. (Published Thursday, Aug 21, 2014)

    While on the road making speeches, Governor Rick Perry's legal team went on the offensive again on Thursday.

    They're fighting claims from groups like left-leaning watchdog group Progress Texas that alleges Perry vetoed funding for the public integrity unit because its investigators were looking at grants for a signature Perry project, the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas.

    Thursday, attorneys produced a legal document in which one of the investigators said neither Perry or anyone in his office were ever a target.

    “The CPRIT issue is a red herring that the democrats are trying to make float upstream and it dosen’t work,” said Ben Ginsberg, attorney for Governor Perry.

    But we caught up with the executive director of the group who isn’t buying it at all.

    "Perry tried to act like judge and jury and now he has to explain that to a judge and jury,” said Ed Espinoza of Progress Texas.

    Governor Perry, who's preparing to fight the indictment said just that during a speech to a friendly Washington. D.C. crowd

    “I am very confident in my case and I can assure you that I will fight this attack of our system of government and with my fellow citizens, both republicans and democrats. I am to defend our constitution and stand up for the rule of law in the state of Texas,” said Governor Perry.

    Perry’s office also confirmed on Thursday that he will use campaign funds to pay for his defense.