US House Dems Subpoena Energy Secretary Rick Perry Amid Trump Inquiry

US House Dems Subpoena Energy Secretary Rick Perry Amid Trump Inquiry

On Thursday afternoon, House Democrats issued a subpoena to Energy Secretary Rick Perry.

The Ukraine investigation has cast a pall over Trump's campaign to win back the White House in 2020.

Trump has said Perry encouraged him to make the July 25 call, in which Trump pressed Ukraine to investigate his Democratic rival Joe Biden and his son, who was on the board of a Ukrainian gas company.

Perry is the latest Trump administration official to receive a subpoena regarding the inquiry.

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"On Oct. 4, 2019, President Trump reportedly 'told House Republicans that he made his now infamous phone call to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky at the urging of Energy Secretary Rick Perry - a call Trump claimed he didn't even want to make, ' " the letter says.

(R-L) Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), House intelligence chairman, hold a press conference about the impeachment inquiry of President Trump, at the Capitol in Washington on October 2, 2019. A whistleblower report brought this allegation up, which was based on second-hand accounts; this person did not listen in on the call.

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. "Your failure or refusal to comply with the subpoena, including at the direction or behest of the President or the White house, shall constitute evidence of obstructions of the House's impeachment inquiry and may be used as an adverse inference against you and the President".

"President Trump and his administration reject your baseless, unconstitutional efforts to overturn the democratic process", the letter stated. "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". The controversial phone call is at the center of the impeachment inquiry.

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