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Politics Perry refuses to testify in House impeachment inquiry

03:50  02 november  2019
03:50  02 november  2019 Source:   thehill.com

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Perry 's refusal represented the latest instance of Trump's administration refusing to cooperate in the fast-moving inquiry in the House of Representatives. Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, had urged Trump to remove Yovanovitch. Yovanovitch testified in the impeachment inquiry that Trump

WASHINGTON— House lawmakers have called departing Energy Secretary Rick Perry to testify in the impeachment investigation, adding another key He has since said publicly that the decision was months in the making and unrelated to the impeachment inquiry . In an interview with The Wall Street

Rick Perry wearing a suit and tie: Perry refuses to testify in House impeachment inquiry© Greg Nash Perry refuses to testify in House impeachment inquiry

Outgoing Energy Secretary Rick Perry on Friday refused a request from House impeachment investigators to testify next week as part of their inquiry into President Trump.

"The Secretary will not partake in a secret star chamber inquisition where agency counsel is forbidden to be present," Department of Energy press secretary Shaylyn Hynes wrote in a statement to The Hill.

"If the committee is interested in conducting a serious proceeding they are welcome to send for the Secretary's consideration an invitation to participate in an open hearing where the Department's counsel can be present and the American people can witness."

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An aid to former White House national security adviser John Bolton defied a Congressional subpoena to testify before House investigators on Monday. The aide, Charles Kupperman, filed a lawsuit against Congress instead asking a federal court to determine whether he had to comply with a subpoena.

Perry was scheduled to testify behind closed doors on Wednesday, along with acting Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Russell Vought, State Department counselor T. Ulrich Brechbuhl and Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale.

In a letter sent to Democratic lawmakers earlier this month, Perry said he would not comply with a House subpoena to turn over documents tied to his involvement with Ukraine, referring to Democrats' "impeachment inquiry" in quotes and saying the probe into Trump's dealings with Ukraine was invalid.

House investigators are looking for more information on Perry's role in dealing with Ukraine, including whether he helped convey or reinforce Trump's alleged quid pro quo that tied investigations into former Vice President Joe Biden to the disbursement of military aid.

Perry has denied any wrongdoing, telling Fox News earlier this month that there was no quid pro quo and that his goal was to "get Ukraine back in the sphere of influence in the United States."

"They have to do some things. They have to show us they're going to respect the rule of law, you're going to be transparent, they're going to unbundle their midstream gas company," Perry said. "All of those things were part of him coming in. And I think that's completely and absolutely legitimate. That's what we're supposed to be doing."

Olivia Beavers contributed to this report.

Nunes pressed on Fox News about comparing impeachment inquiry to a 'coup' .
Fox's Ed Henry grilled House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) Sunday on House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy's (R-Calif.) characterization of the House impeachment inquiry as a "coup," according to Mediaite."Is this a calculated coup against President Trump, and if so, how do you back that up?" Henry asked Nunes, with Nunes responding that the inquiry was "the cheap knockoff version of the Russia hoax.""It"Is this a calculated coup against President Trump, and if so, how do you back that up?" Henry asked Nunes, with Nunes responding that the inquiry was "the cheap knockoff version of the Russia hoax.

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