By Katie Couric
For a politician facing two felony counts, Texas Governor Rick Perry certainly looked cheerful in his mug shot.
On Tuesday, Aug. 19, he appeared at an Austin courthouse to answer charges of abuse of power and coercion. After being booked and fingerprinted, he headed to a local burger joint for an ice cream cone and tweeted a photo.
It all started back in April, when a Texas district attorney named Rosemary Lehmberg was arrested for driving while intoxicated. Perry wanted her to resign from her post as head of the Public Integrity Unit and threatened to veto $7.5 million in funding to the office if she refused. Lehmberg stayed put, and Perry made good on his promise.
Now, a legal battle has begun.
The governor said this week, “The actions I took were not only lawful and legal, but right.” But Texas Democrats claim it’s more complicated than that. To find out more and what could possibly happen next, watch this video.
Hopefully afterward you’ll be able to say, “Now I get it."