House Democrats subpoena Energy Secretary Rick Perry in impeachment inquiry

Remigio Civitarese
Ottobre 13, 2019

House Democrats have subpoenaed former Texas governor and current Energy Secretary Rick Perry as part of their impeachment investigation into President Donald Trump's dealings with Ukraine.

The subpoena requires the Energy Secretary to submit a series of documents pertaining to his knowledge of President Donald Trump's July 25 telephone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

"Recently, 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", the letter states.

Perry and energy officials said he encouraged Trump to reach out to the Ukrainian leader - but to discuss energy and economic issues, not about investigating the Bidens.

The subpoena requests documents "that are necessary for the committees to examine this sequence of these events and the reasons for the White House's decision to withhold critical military assistance to Ukraine that was appropriated by Congress to counter Russian aggression", U.S. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., wrote in a letter attached to the subpoena.

Hynes said the Energy Department received a letter from the committees and is reviewing it.

"The Department of Energy (DOE) is aware of the House Committees' letter to Secretary Perry and it is now under review by DOE's Office of General Counsel", DOE spokeswoman Shaylyn Hynes was quoted as saying by Politico. They reportedly helped Giuliani seek evidence of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden's alleged involvement in a corruption case in Ukraine. "No, there wasn't", he said Thursday in comments to the Kyiv Post.

(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. According to two individuals who spoke to the AP, the pair wanted to force out the chief executive at the Ukrainian gas giant and replace him with a team that would carry out exclusive deals to benefit corporate entities controlled by Trump allies.

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