Rick Perry: US energy secretary quits amid Trump inquiry

Rick Perry: US energy secretary quits amid Trump inquiry

U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry stated his intention to resign was not connected with the scandal about the phone conversation between Presidents of the US and Ukraine.

The departure of Perry, one of the last remaining members of Trump's original Cabinet, comes as his name emerged in the Ukraine affair that has resulted in a Democrat-led House impeachment inquiry into Trump.

Perry's departure was announced by U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday. And the New York Times reported in 2017 that Perry unaware that DOE was in charge of us nuclear weapons before he was nominated to lead it. Her work shows there has been more turnover in Trump's Cabinet than under any president since at least Ronald Reagan.

It's alleged Trump pressured the Ukrainian leader during the call to investigate former U.S. vice president Joe Biden's son. It's a central part of the impeachment investigation.

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal published on Wednesday, Perry said that Trump had asked him to reach out to Rudy Giuliani, the president's personal attorney, after Volodymyr Zelensky was elected in the April presidential runoff.

In a letter to Democratic lawmakers, Assistant Secretary of Energy Melissa F. Burnison pointed out that the House has not formally voted on a resolution to open an impeachment inquiry, and therefore the House had failed to "validly authorize the impeachment inquiry".

He said he never talked about Biden in any conversations with Zelenskiy or the White House.

"They [Ukraine] have to do some things", Perry said.

Perry said he didn't know if he would cooperate with House investigators, saying he was awaiting direction from the general counsel. "It's outrageous", said Sen.

In both accounts, Trump was "skeptical" of the prospect, given the eastern European country's notorious history of corruption. But there are no allegations that Perry improperly arranged natural gas deals to benefit oil friends.

"When it comes to exporting LNG [liquified natural gas], the United States is open for business", Brouillette said in one such European stop previous year.

Perry faces a Friday deadline to comply with a House subpoena regarding information about Ukraine.

Critics, such as former national security advisor John Bolton have accused Giuliani, who was not a US government official, of conducting a shadow Ukraine policy.

Republicans countered with praise for Perry, who was seen as a relentless promoter of US energy interests around the globe.

Perry told Fox he had pushed Trump to make the July call, agreeing with a characterisation the president had made earlier.

Perry "was friendly, he was cordial, he was talkative", and willing to meet Estonian officials that Melville brought over to introduce. He went on to say: "Please accept this letter as my official notification that I plan to resign at a date later this year".

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