Trump's Energy Secretary abruptly resigns one day before deadline to comply with House subpoena
Energy Secretary Rick Perry has just informed President Donald Trump that he is resigning his cabinet position.
Trump was on Air Force One heading towards a Dallas, Texas rally on Thursday when he got the news.
The announcement comes as Perry is being increasingly scrutinized for his role in the Ukraine scandal that has brought an impeachment investigation against Trump. He had just one more day to comply with a House subpoena.
The House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Oversight committees all were requesting documents from Mr. Perry relating to a Ukrainian state-owned energy company, as well as his involvement in a July call between Mr. Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.
Interestingly, just ten days ago, Perry was making fun of the press for speculating on him leaving the administration. He was pretty convincing in his choice of words:
“They’ve been writing the story that I was leaving the Department of Energy for at least nine months now. One of these days they will probably get it right,” he said. “But it’s not today, it’s not tomorrow, not next month. Keep saying it and one day you’ll be right.”
It looks like Perry spoke too soon.
With Perry's resignation, it just lends more credence to the notion that this impeachment inquiry isn't just a "nothing burger" as the Trump administration would like everyone to believe.
So, what happened since Perry was ridiculing the press and now? The Wall Street Journal published last night that he admitted to being in contact with Mr. Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani on Ukraine-related matters at the direction of Trump.
Giuliani's name is toxic right now. Four of his associates have been arrested by the FBI recently and Giuliani himself is under investigation for possible wrong doing. Trump signaled he might even distance himself from his own attorney.
There is information that the public still doesn't know about and Perry finally decided that the seat he was sitting in was becoming too hot.
Perry was Texas' longest-serving governor before joining Trump's Cabinet in 2017.