On Thursday, Secretary of Energy and former Texas Governor Rick Perry notified President Trump of his decision to resign from office, according to anonymous administration officials familiar with the situation.
Though no official reason has been given, Perry has received public attention for his alleged role in President Trump’s conversations with Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, the subject of House Democrat’s unofficial impeachment inquiry.
Perry interacted with Zelenskiy on various occasions because of his position leading the Department of Energy, resulting in House Democrats to issue a subpoena for Perry to provide additional details about all conversations, trips to the region, and other dealings in the area.
In response, Perry has adamantly denied allegations of any wrongdoing, insisting that all actions taken in the region were undertaken with the intention of advancing American energy interests and development, despite President Trump’s accusations that the phone call was Perry’s idea.
Additionally, Perry has also denied resignation rumors in recent weeks saying during a press conference at the beginning of October, “They have been writing a story that I was leaving the Department of Energy for at least nine months now. One of these days they will probably get it right, but it’s not today, not tomorrow, not next month,” ABC News reported.
Perry is the second cabinet secretary to resign in less than a week following on the heels of the resignation of Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan.
The native Texan and popular former governor was appointed to the position after running for president in both the 2012 and 2016 elections.
Prior to running for president, Perry served the state of Texas as a Texas State House representative, the commissioner of agriculture, lieutenant governor, and most notably, as the longest-serving governor in Texas history.
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Sarah McConnell is a reporter for The Texan. Previously, she worked as a Cyber Security Consultant after serving as a Pathways Intern at the Department of Homeland Security – Citizenship and Immigration Services. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Texas A&M as well as her Master of Public Service and Administration degree from the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M. In her free time, Sarah is an avid runner, jazz enthusiast, and lover of all things culinary.