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Politics Rick Perry stares down subpoena deadline in Trump impeachment probe, one day after resignation

13:36  18 october  2019
13:36  18 october  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

Democrats subpoena Rick Perry for documents in impeachment inquiry

  Democrats subpoena Rick Perry for documents in impeachment inquiry House Democrats issued a subpoena on Thursday to Energy Secretary Rick Perry as part of their ongoing impeachment inquiry. © Thomson Reuters U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry speaks during a news conference after the Partnership for Transatlantic Energy Cooperation conference in Vilnius, Lithuania October 7, 2019. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins The subpoena demands a series of documents related to Perry's knowledge of President Donald Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, during which Trump pushed his counterpart to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden.

Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump 's personal lawyer, defies subpoena in impeachment Energy Secretary Rick Perry also faces a Friday subpoena deadline from the three committees for 25, 2019, a memorandum of the phone call, one day after Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi

The Democrats’ impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump were initiated last month after a whistleblower complaint alleging that Trump abused his powers by pressing his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate 2020 US election candidate Joe Biden.

WASHINGTON – Energy Secretary Rick Perry faces a subpoena deadline Friday to turn over documents relating to House Democrats' impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, a day after he offered his resignation.

Rick Perry wearing a suit and tie: U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry © Provided by USA TODAY, a division of Gannett Satellite Information Network, Inc. U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry

Speaking to reporters at an event in Alvarado, Texas, on Thursday, Trump said Perry would stay on until the end of the year, but spoke positively of the former Texas governor. 

"We already have his replacement. Rick has done a fantastic job. But it was time," Trump told reporters.

Democrats subpoena Rick Perry for documents in impeachment inquiry

  Democrats subpoena Rick Perry for documents in impeachment inquiry Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO), who faces a tough election in 2020, refused to answer whether it's appropriate for President Trump to ask a foreign leader to investigate a political rival.

Rudy Giuliani will defy congressional subpoena in Trump impeachment probe , reports say. Published 11 min agoUpdated Moments Ago. The committees had given Giuliani, who is serving as the president's personal attorney, until Tuesday to turn over documents related to Ukraine.

Energy Secretary Rick Perry has announced his resignation shortly after the White House confirmed Donald Trump asked him to work with his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani in probing alleged Rick Perry steps down day before deadline to comply with subpoena issued by House committees.

Other Trump administration officials, such as Vice President Mike Pence, have declined to hand over documents to House Democrats as the White House vows not cooperate in an investigation it considers partisan. Perry has previously declined to commit to complying with the subpoena. 

“The House has sent a subpoena over for the records that we have, and our general counsel and the White House counsel are going through the process right now," Perry said on Fox Business in a Wednesday morning interview. "I’m going to follow the lead of my counsel on that.”

On Wednesday, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said in a letter to congressional chairs that he would not be cooperating with the subpoena of the Defense Department, despite having said in television interviews last Sunday that he would try to cooperate with House Democrats' subpoenas for documents and testimony related to the inquiry.

House Oversight asks court to expedite subpoena order for Trump's finances

  House Oversight asks court to expedite subpoena order for Trump's finances The House Oversight Committee asked a federal appeals court to expedite the enforcement of a subpoena for President Trump's financial records, citing Democrats' ongoing impeachment inquiry. "The Committee is engaged in oversight activity to examine whether federal official-including the President-are making decisions in the country's best interest and not for their own financial gain," the committee's lawyers wrote in a motion filed Wednesday night.

Trump told an event in Texas that he had known for months that Perry would resign . In recent weeks, he has found himself engulfed in the impeachment investigation threatening 10 for Perry to turn over documents on any role he played in Trump 's bid to get Ukraine to investigate a political rival.

Energy Secretary Rick Perry refused to say Wednesday whether he would answer a House subpoena seeking information on his role in the Ukraine controversy that sparked Democrats' impeachment probe . “The House has sent a subpoena over for the records that we have, and our general counsel

The impeachment inquiry began last month after a whistleblower letter accused Trump of pressuring Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate political rival Joe Biden and his son Hunter.

A group of House committee chairmen released text messages from diplomats describing an effort to lobby Zelensky into a public pledge to take up the investigation in exchange for nearly $400 million in aid as well as a private meeting with Trump, who has denied wrongdoing.

House Democrats had demanded the Energy Department turn over documents related to Trump's call with Zelensky and Perry's potential role in reinforcing that request during a trip to Ukraine.

Perry had led a U.S. delegation to Zelensky's inauguration in May 2019.

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House Democrats had also asked for information related to media reports about Perry's changes to the management structure at a Ukrainian energy firm in a way that could have benefited officials working with Trump's personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani. 

Perry was mentioned ten times in the Thursday testimony of Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union. Sondland said in his prepared opening remarks that Perry had been part of discussions about Giuliani's role in the formulation of Ukraine policy. 

"It is my understanding that Energy Secretary Perry and Special Envoy Volker took the lead on reaching out to Mr. Giuliani, as the President had directed," Sondland said in his prepared remarks, referring to Kurt Volker, the former U.S. special envoy to Ukraine.

Perry said in an Oct. 16 Wall Street Journal interview that he had called Giuliani to understand Trump's concerns about Ukraine.

“And as I recall the conversation, he said, ‘Look, the president is really concerned that there are people in Ukraine that tried to beat him during this presidential election,’” Perry told the Wall Street Journal. “‘He thinks they’re corrupt and…that there are still people over there engaged that are absolutely corrupt.’” 

In Sondland's accounting of events, he, Volker, and Perry were "disappointed" that the Trump administration had told them to hold off on a call between Trump and Zelensky until Giuliani got involved in Ukraine policymaking.

Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia Laura Cooper was set to testify before the congressional committees on Friday, but an official working on the impeachment inquiry told USA TODAY Cooper would appear in a closed-door session next Thursday, Oct. 24.  

Congressional investigators want to ask Cooper, who oversees Ukraine policy at the Department of Defense, about whether military aid to Ukraine was withheld over the opening of an investigation into the Bidens, one of the questions at the center of the impeachment inquiry. 

Contributing: Bart Jansen, David Jackson, John Fritze, Christal Hayes

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Rick Perry stares down subpoena deadline in Trump impeachment probe, one day after resignation

Energy Department won't comply with impeachment subpoena .
Assistant Secretary of Energy Melissa Burnison told the three committees involved in the House impeachment inquiry that the Energy Department is "unable to comply with your request for documents and communications at this time."In a letter dated Friday, Burnison argues about the validity of the inquiry and contends the request is for confidential communications "that are potentially protected by executive privilege and would require careful review.

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