Rick Perry Hires Bush Recount Lawyer Ben Ginsberg

ASSOCIATED PRESS

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) has hired Benjamin L. Ginsberg as part of his legal team to fend off an indictment for abuse of power.

Ginsberg is a longtime Republican lawyer who was an important figure on the Bush-Cheney team during the 2000 election recount. He later provided legal advice to the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth.

Ginsberg slammed the indictment as “beyond the pale” and said it “represents a real tearing of the fabric of democracy.” He noted that several prominent Democrats have also voiced skepticism about the charges.

“This is an attempt to criminalize politics, pure and simple,” Ginsberg told reporters. “It should not and it will not succeed.”