Posted: May 16, 2014 11:38 AM
Updated: May 16, 2014 11:38 AM
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Three top aides to Gov. Rick Perry have entered a grand jury room where a panel is investigating whether the governor abused the powers of his office with a 2013 veto.
Mike Morrissey, Perry's deputy chief of staff; Rich Parsons, a Perry spokesman; and Mary Anne Wiley, the governor's general counsel, declined comment Friday as they entered the grand jury room. None would say if they were subpoenaed or came voluntarily.
It's the first time Perry's staff has been seen entering the grand jury room.
The grand jury is investigating whether Perry broke the law when he vowed to veto funding for the office of the Travis County prosecutor if the Democrat didn't resign after a drunken driving arrest. Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg refused to resign.