Rick Perry tells Trump he's resigning as energy secretary

Former White House advisor on Russia Fiona Hill leaves Capitol Hill in Washington Monday Oct. 14 2019 after testifying before congressional lawmakers as part of the House impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. (AP

Former White House advisor on Russia Fiona Hill leaves Capitol Hill in Washington Monday Oct. 14 2019 after testifying before congressional lawmakers as part of the House impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. (AP

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.

Swiss airlines' Airbus A220 fleet to resume flying
The jet was known as the Bombardier Inc. "Another five planes will follow at midday on Wednesday", Swiss said in a statement. Air Baltic said it continues to operate its A220 fleet while remaining in close contact with Pratt and Airbus.

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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