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Rick Perry adds another big name to defense team

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Photo - Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks at a GOP picnic, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, in Chichester, N.H. It was Perry's second day visiting the nation's earliest presidential primary state as he considers another run for president.  (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks at a GOP picnic, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, in Chichester, N.H. It was Perry's second day visiting the nation's earliest presidential primary state as he considers another run for president. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry has added a sixth prominent attorney to his all-star legal team that is fighting two felony charges of abuse of power.

Mark Fabiani on Monday was announced as the latest hire. He's a former special counsel to President Bill Clinton and was a deputy campaign manager for Al Gore's 2000 presidential campaign.

Other high-profile clients of Fabiani include cyclist Lance Armstrong.

Fabiani joins Tony Buzbee, Ben Ginsberg, Bobby Burchfield, Tom Phillips and David Botsford. Botsford said Friday that they'll ask a judge to dismiss charges alleging that Perry unlawfully leveraged his power with a veto last summer.

Taxpayers have so far paid at least $80,000 for Perry's defense. But he announced last week campaign funds would be used to cover legal costs going forward.

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