Gov. Rick Perry, who has avoided any comments on a grand jury investigation into coercion and misuse of office, said Tuesday that he did not personally make phone calls or initiate a deal to push Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg from office.....Asked if he personally had made any phone calls about the quit-or-lose-funding deal, he said no. Asked if he initiated any deal, he also said no, before the elevator arrived and he left.
AUSTIN -- Gov. Rick Perry personally called a well-known Austin Democrat to discuss her interest in replacing Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg days before the public learned Perry was threatening to withhold state funding from Lehmberg's office unless she resigned.
Austin defense attorney Mindy Montford, who previously ran as a Democratic candidate for state district judge and district attorney in Travis County, confirmed her conversation with Perry — which took place in early June 2013, to the American-Statesman and KVUE-TV on Sunday.