Rick Perry tells Trump he's resigning as energy secretary

Rudy Giuliani an attorney for President Donald Trump speaks in Portsmouth N.H. President Donald Trump on Saturday Oct. 12 2019 stood behind personal attorney Giuliani one of his highest-profile and most voca

Rudy Giuliani an attorney for President Donald Trump speaks in Portsmouth N.H. President Donald Trump on Saturday Oct. 12 2019 stood behind personal attorney Giuliani one of his highest-profile and most voca

A U.S. diplomat told Congress Thursday that President Donald Trump and his personal lawyer injected domestic politics into talks with Ukraine, including seeking a probe of a Ukrainian company with ties to the son of Trump's Democratic rival Joe Biden.

Perry, the complaint alleged, "made clear" to Zelensky that he and Trump would not meet until Trump saw how Zelensky "chose to act" in office.

Perry also reportedly was a key driver in Trump's Ukraine policy, which prompted House Democrats' impeachment inquiry.

Perry, who had been known for his colorful remarks in his previous life as Texas governor and as a presidential candidate, managed to mostly stay under the radar and out of the headlines during his two-and-a-half-year tenure.

Biden Insists He, Son Hunter Did Nothing Wrong in Ukraine
The morning before the debate, Hunter Biden appeared on Good Morning America to discuss his foreign business dealings. Trump alleges that Biden's son used his father's position to obtain huge profits from a Ukrainian gas company.

His resignation notification came just hours after acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney told reporters Trump instructed Perry to consider his personal lawyer, Rudolph Giuliani, despite not being a government employee, the lead on all Ukraine policy matters. It stems from a July 25 phone call in which Trump pressed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate the family of Joe Biden - one of Trump's political rivals in the 2020 election.

Critics have accused Giuliani, who was not a US government official, of conducting a shadow Ukraine policy.

The Associated Press reported at the time that an unnamed source said Perry had pushed for Bleyzer to be put on the board of Naftogaz, the Ukrainian state oil and gas company, after meeting with Ukrainian officials during his visit.

Perry had been a rare Trump Cabinet member who was virtually free of ethics investigations that weighed on other Trump officials.

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