House committees subpoena Rick Perry in Trump 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

Congressional Democrats on Thursday slapped Energy Secretary Rick Perry with a subpoena for what they called "key documents" in the impeachment inquiry of President Trump. The subpoena is the latest in the party's impeachment probe into whether President Donald Trump abused his power during his interactions with the leadership of Ukraine.

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. The committees set a deadline for October 18.

The subpoena likewise demands records detailing Perry's role in transforming the management framework at a Ukrainian energy company, Naftogaz, a move that could have held a number of benefits for authorities dealing with Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani.

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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, the former governor of Texas, led a USA delegation to Ukraine for Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky's inauguration in place of Vice President Mike Pence, according to reports.

"You have designed and implemented your inquiry in a manner that violates fundamental fairness and constitutionally mandated due process", Pat Cipollone, White House counsel, said in the document addressed to the four lawmakers. "In order to fulfill his duties to the American people, the Constitution, the Executive Branch, and all future occupants of the Office of the Presidency, President Trump and his administration can not participate in your partisan and unconstitutional inquiry under these circumstances".

As House Democrats expand their impeachment inquiry, Perry has repeatedly emerged as a central figure.