House subpoenas Perry in impeachment inquiry

Secretary of Energy Rick Perry speaks at the Energy Policy Summit at the National Press Club in October 2017 in Washington

Secretary of Energy Rick Perry speaks at the Energy Policy Summit at the National Press Club in October 2017 in Washington

Democratic House committee chairmen Elijah Cummings, Eliot Engel, and Adam Schiff sent a letter Thursday to Energy Secretary Rick Perry alerting him to a subpoena demanding documents related to their impeachment inquiry into President Trump's dealings in Ukraine - the ninth subpoena issued so far.

Furthermore, the chairmen also sought clarification from Perry with respect to allegations that Trump instructed Perry to consult with Rudy Giuliani, the president's personal attorney, in arranging a meeting between Trump and Zelensky.

The letter from the chairmen of the Oversight, Intelligence and Foreign Affairs committees sought documents by October 18, the latest effort from Democrats in Congress to secure evidence and testimony from the Trump administration.

Earlier this week the House committees subpoenaed Defense Secretary Mark Esper and White House budget chief Russell Vought as part of the impeachment investigation.

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.

CNN has reached out to the Energy Department with a request for comment. They reportedly helped Giuliani seek evidence of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden's alleged involvement in a corruption case in Ukraine.

Perry denies ever bringing up the Bidens during his interactions with Ukrainian officials, telling the Christian Broadcasting Network, "Not once, as God as my witness, not once was a Biden name - not the former vice president, not his son - ever mentioned". "It's a very bad situation for our country".

It also cites an Associated Press report that said Perry pressured Zelensky to purge the advisory board of Ukraine's state-owned Naftogaz oil and gas company at the behest of Trump donors including Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, two associates of Giuliani who were busted Thursday on federal campaign-finance charges.

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.

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