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Rick Perry Hires Ex-Clinton Lawyer Mark Fabiani To Fight Charges

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Fabiani is an interesting addition for Perry. He was special counsel and legal spokesman in the Clinton White House from 1994 to 1996, defending the ex-president against Republican investigations over Whitewater and campaign finance. He later served as a top spokesman for Al Gore's 2000 presidential campaign, playing a key role during the recount. More recently Fabiani worked for Lance Armstrong while the cyclist was facing allegations of using performance-enhancing drugs.

Perry has snagged other big names for his legal team, a sign that the rumored 2016 presidential hopeful is taking the indictment very seriously. Last week he hired Ben Ginsberg, a former lawyer to George W. Bush who was also an important figure during the 2000 recount.

The governor insists he's innocent and has called the allegations — which stem from his use of veto power — a "farce." On Monday his legal team asked a judge to dismiss the charges.