Texas Gov. Perry assembles high-powered legal team

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry is fighting a criminal indictment with a team of high-powered attorneys with formidable records in big cases.

But as the potential 2016 presidential candidate plans trips to Washington and New Hampshire this week to continue courting GOP voters, it's unclear how much of the legal tab will be picked up by taxpayers.

Perry's defense team includes attorneys who've taken on oil giant BP and argued before the U.S. Supreme Court. Attorney Tony Buzbee says that which of the lawyers will be paid by the state hasn't been sorted out yet.

Perry faces two felony counts of abuse of power following a disputed veto last summer that cut off state funds for public corruption prosecutors. The charges carry possible prison sentences.

Perry has emphatically denied wrongdoing.

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