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Politics Rick Perry's departure has 'nothing' to do with Ukraine: White House spokeswoman

16:40  18 october  2019
16:40  18 october  2019 Source:   reuters.com

First on CNN: Trump told Perry and State Department officials as early as May to talk to Giuliani about Ukraine

  First on CNN: Trump told Perry and State Department officials as early as May to talk to Giuliani about Ukraine President Donald Trump directed Secretary of Energy Rick Perry and two top State Department officials to deal with his private attorney Rudy Giuliani when the Ukrainian President sought to meet Trump, in a clear circumvention of official channels, according to two sources familiar with the conversation. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.

Perry ’ s departure date is unclear. The people familiar requested anonymity to discuss information before it is made public. But as the impeachment investigation into White House interactions with Ukraine ’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has expanded, some of that good will seemed to disappear.

House Democrats have subpoenaed Perry for documents related to a Ukrainian state-owned energy company as well as his involvement in a July call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy. The lawmakers set a Friday deadline.

U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry's decision to step down by the end of the year had "absolutely nothing" to do with controversy over President Trump's Ukraine policy, White House spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said on Friday.

Energy Secretary Rick Perry has found himself engulfed in the impeachment investigation. © Matthew Eisman/Getty Images Energy Secretary Rick Perry has found himself engulfed in the impeachment investigation.

"This was in the works for quite a while," Grisham said in an interview with Fox News.

In recent weeks, Perry has found himself engulfed in the impeachment investigation threatening Trump's presidency. Three Democratic-led U.S. House of Representatives committees issued a subpoena on Oct. 10 for Perry to turn over documents on any role he played in Trump's bid to get Ukraine to investigate a political rival.

Reporting by Jan Wolfe; editing by Alex Richardson

Perry rejects congressional subpoena, insists resignation not related to Ukraine .
Outgoing Energy Secretary Rick Perry said his plans to resign are not related to ongoing questions about his role in Ukraine. The comments from Perry, who said he plans to step down by the end of the year, came on the same day he and Energy Department lawyers told Congress they would not comply with a Friday deadline to respond to a congressional subpoena to provide information related to his work in the former Soviet republic.

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