Texas Lt. Gov. Calls Cops to Seek Relative's Release

Opponents of David Dewhurst say his actions are a blatant abuse of power.
2:07 | 08/22/13

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He is set to be discharged. We wish him the best. We turn to a stunning 911 call from a rising political star. Dewhurst tries to get a niece out of trouble. Was this call an abuse of power? This is david dewhurst. I'm lieutenant governor of the state of texas. Reporter: David dewhurst is one of the most powerful people in texas politics. That's might explain why he seemed miffed this month, when the officer on this 911 call didn't know who he was. You don't know me. But I am, every year, the number one pick of all of the law enforcement agencies within texas. Reporter: Dewhurst was calling the allen county police, to help get his step niece out of jail. Saying she had been unfairly detained for shoplifting at a grocery store. Apparently a bag involving $57 worth of groceries wasn't scanned. Reporter: During the call, dewhurst was running for re-election, was asked how he can keep his relative out of jail. Asking to speak to a sheriff or a local judge. Can you give me the telephone number of the county judge there. What do I need to do in order to not circumvent anything, follow the law. Because this is this is ridiculous. This was a politician calling the local police operation, trying to get a niece released in a way%g"' that regular citizens simply could not do. It looks terrible. For texans, for voters, for anyone who watched this. Reporter: Overnight, allen county police said dewhurst, quote, did not ask for anything out of line. His spokesman saying the lieutenant governor told police to follow normal protocols and procedures. I intend to jump into this and see what can be done to prevent this very nice lady through a miscarriage of justice spend a night in jail. Reporter: This morning, dewhurst's rivals are pouncing. Saying his attempt to avoid a miscarriage of justice sounds LIKE A, QUOTE,e"&z BLATANT ABUSE OF Power.

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