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08/19/2014 06:11 pm ET Updated Aug 20, 2014

Rick Perry Turns Himself In

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) turned himself in to authorities Tuesday on counts of abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public servant.

Perry was indicted Friday for allegedly abusing the powers of his office by carrying out a threat to veto funding for state prosecutors investigating public corruption.

Before being booked, Perry said he stood by his decision.

"This issue is far bigger than me. It's about rule of law, it's about the Constitution that allows not just the governor but every citizen to speak their mind, free of political interference or legal intimidation," Perry said.

"I'm going to fight this injustice with ever fiber of my being, and we will prevail," he said.

Austin ABC affiliate KVUE later tweeted out a photo of Perry's mug shot:

In a press conference on Saturday, he called the indictment an "abuse of power" and said he would fight the charges. On Sunday, he touted the number of people who found his indictment "sketchy," including David Axelrod, a former adviser to President Barack Obama.

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