A Texas court has dismissed the second of two felony charges against former Texas Republican governor Rick Perry, appearing to clear the failed presidential candidate of wrongdoing in a legal case that his team said hampered his second attempt to win the White House.

Perry had been facing an abuse of power charge stemming from his clash with the head of a state public corruption investigation unit after she was jailed for drunk driving.

In July of last year, a state appeals court dismissed the other charge against Perry, which alleged that he engaged in coercion of a public servant when he threatened to veto state funding for the department as a result of the incident.

Perry, the longest-serving governor in Texas history, had long held that the felony indictment amounted to a “political witch hunt.”

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