House Democrats subpoena Rick Perry in impeachment inquiry

  • House Democrats subpoena Rick Perry in impeachment inquiry

House Democrats subpoena Rick Perry in impeachment inquiry

A U.S. House committee on Thursday subpoenaed the country's energy secretary, Rick Perry, as part of the ongoing impeachment inquiry into U.S. President Donald Trump, demanding documents about Trump's dealings with Ukraine.

The demand by the leaders of the House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs, and Oversight committees set a deadline of October 18 for Perry, who is now traveling in Iceland.

New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez, ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, asked Perry Oct. 1 about the trip he led to Ukraine on May 20, when he attended Zelenskiy's inauguration.

They also sought information related to reports that Perry pressed Ukranian officials to change the management structure of a Ukrainian state-owned energy company to benefit individuals involved with an effort by Trump's attorney, Rudy Giuliani, to get Ukrainian officials to interfere in the 2020 USA presidential election. It is part of a long-term effort to lessen the political control Russian Federation wields through its dominance of the fuel supply.

A letter sent to Perry by the House Democratic chairmen of those three committees states that "public reports have raised questions about any role you may have played in conveying or reinforcing the President's stark message to the Ukrainian President".

Representatives of the Energy Department did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

Last week media reports claimed Perry is planning on resigning, though he has adamantly denied those reports.

(R-L) Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), House intelligence chairman, hold a press conference about the impeachment inquiry of President Trump, at the Capitol in Washington on October 2, 2019.

It additionally cites an Related Press report that stated Perry pressured Zelensky to purge the advisory board of Ukraine's state-owned Naftogaz oil and gasoline firm on the behest of Trump donors together with Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, two associates of Giuliani who have been busted Thursday on federal campaign-finance expenses.

Perry met with counterparts from Ukraine and Poland this week to underscore an agreement meant to ease the way for US -produced natural gas to be shipped to Poland and then piped into neighboring Ukraine.