Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, Trump’s man in Texas, has quietly amassed influence — to the detriment of fellow Republicans
Patrick urged former Gov. Rick Perry to mount a challenge to Gov. Greg Abbott, who is seeking a third term. He’s taken the already considerable power concentrated in the state’s No. 2 job to another level, forcing opponents from races and tightening his grip on the Senate.
A Rick Perry — no, not that Rick Perry — files to run for Texas governor
Rick Perry is running for governor — but not that Rick Perry.The Republican Party of Texas updated its list of candidate filings Monday — hours before the deadline for the March primary election — to [San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
Getaway driver in LaHood murder could face death penalty again after cellmate’s killing
Kenneth Foster, a former Texas death row prisoner whose sentence was commuted to life in prison by former Gov. Foster, 45, is serving a life sentence for his role in the San Antonio murder of Michael LaHood in 1996. Foster’s commutation has long been spotlighted by those seeking to reform Texas’ death penalty statute that allows accomplices to be sentenced to death. Most notably in death penalty cases, people committing another felony, like robbery, can be convicted and sentenced to death for murder if the jury decides murder “should have been anticipated as a result” of the other crime. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have worked to lessen the responsibility of accomplices for crimes when it comes to the death penalty.sanantonioreport.org
Texans QB’s sex assault cases highlight concerns amid #MeToo
Lawyers fighting sexual assault allegations against Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson face a predicament: Defending their client means working to discredit the claims of 22 women who are more likely to be believed four years into the #MeToo movement.
Trump allies blame conservative leader for failed Texas endorsement
Donald Trump's advisers are angry at David McIntosh, president of the conservative Club for Growth, for persuading the former president to endorse a losing candidate in the special election for Texas' 6th District.Why it matters: Susan Wright's defeat Tuesday in a Republican runoff with Navy veteran Jake Ellzey dealt a blow to Trump's aura of invincibility as a Republican kingmaker. It's critical to his 2022 midterm endorsements and continued hold on the GOP.Get market news worthy of your time wnews.yahoo.com
Rick Perry saying Texans prefer blackouts to regulations is only his latest dumbass remark
Michael Vadon / Wikimedia CommonsDuring his ill-fated 2011 presidential run, Perry revealed that he didn't know that the voting age is 18. (Ironically, the one he missed was the Department of Energy, which President Trump eventually appointed him to lead and actually seems kinda useful right now, given Texas' power woes.) Quoth Perry: "I will tell you: It's three agencies of government, when I get there, that are gone: Commerce, Education and the — what's the third one there? So Commerce, Education and the — ... The third agency of government I would — I would do away with the Education, the ... Commerce and — let's see — I can't.sacurrent.com
Rick Perry: Texans would rather be without power for days than have more federal oversight
Rick Perry said that millions of Texans, who have been out of power for days amid this winter storm, find the outages preferable to federal government intervening in the state’s energy crisis. As of Wednesday, more than 2.7 million Texans remain out of power with more freezing temperatures ahead in the coming days, according to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas. Although every form of power was knocked offline by the weather, Perry took aim at renewable sources of energy, some of which are subsidized by the federal government. But, federal subsidies in renewable energy or making the Texas grid part of a larger nationwide grid, is not the answer, he said. “Texans would be without electricity for longer than three days to keep the federal government out of their business,” Perry said “partly rhetorically,” according to the blog.
5 candidates are vying for a Texas House seat in northwest Texas. Watch the results here.
The Texas House of Representatives on Jan. 13, 2021. Credit: Jordan Vonderhaar for The Texas TribuneSaturday is election day to fill the final vacant seat in the Texas House, as five candidates vie to fill the position that Republican Drew Springer left to join the state Senate. The safely Republican district covers a large swath of rural northwest Texas wrapping around Wichita Falls and up into the Panhandle. Because of the number of candidates, the race is likely to go to a runoff. Springer vacated the seat last month after winning a special election runoff to replace now-U.S. Rep. Pat Fallon, R-Prosper, in the Texas Senate. Greg Abbott ordered a sped-up special election for Springer's state House seat due to the legislative session, which began earlier this month.
Texas sues Biden administration over halt to deportations
(AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez File)AUSTIN, Texas – Texas on Friday moved to stop President Joe Biden from allowing a 100-day moratorium on deportations, bringing one of the first lawsuits against his new administration. BuzzFeed News first reported the Trump administration signing similar agreements with Republican leaders in several states. “Failure to properly enforce the law will directly and immediately endanger our citizens and law enforcement personnel,” Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said. The lawsuit, which repeatedly cites Texas' agreement with the Trump administration, was filed before U.S. District Judge Drew Tipton, a Trump appointee, in the Southern District of Texas. In bringing one of the first lawsuits against the Biden administration, Paxton is eager to be seen as a champion for Republicans not just as Democrats reclaim power in Washington, but as his own career is under dark clouds.
As end approaches, Trump gets doses of flattery, finality
Barr offered his resignation last Monday after weeks of tension with Trump brought about an early exit from his post. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)NEW YORK – President Donald Trump’s administration is ending how it began, with over-the-top declarations of praise for the chief executive. Attorney General William Barr offered his resignation last Monday after weeks of tension with Trump brought about an early exit from his post. In the six weeks since his defeat by Biden, Trump has been increasingly disengaged from his job. But with Trump largely in hiding, it fell to Pence to make a public show of meeting with those distributing the vaccine.
Biden eyes defeated candidates for key administration roles
President-elect Joe Biden is eyeing several Democrats who lost congressional reelection races last month for key positions in his administration. President-elect Joe Biden is eyeing several Democrats who lost congressional reelection races last month for key positions in his administration. Their consideration continues a long Washington tradition of defeated politicians seeking shelter in a new White House. A decade later, he headlined a rally for her winning congressional campaign. “More than helping the president, these people can help the White House staff dealing with members of Congress,” said Card.
Has Texas ever turned blue?
Really, the question boils down to when will a Democrat win a statewide election in Texas. There are currently 538 Electoral College votes - broken down it’s 435 U.S. Texas has 38 Electoral College votes, the second-most of any state. Texas, like the vast majority of states, is considered a winner-take-all state when it comes to Electoral College votes. “For the Republicans, this has been possible because they could rely on Texas’s 38 Electoral College votes.
After backing away from Trump in media interview, Cornyn and ally sing a different tune on the road
click to enlarge Twitter / @TeamCornynJohn Cornyn (left) and Rick Perry (center) converse in the senator's campaign bus on the way to College Station. John Cornyn and his surrogates might want to get this "am-I-with-Trump-or-am-I-distancing-myself-from-him?" However, he said he's done that privately rather than in public.Now, enter former Texas governor Rick Perry, who appeared at Cornyn's rally Wednesday in College Station. During his time at the mic, Cornyn declared Trump more qualified to deal with the COVID-19 crisis than rival Joe Biden, according to theThe appearance was part of a home-stretch statewide bus tour for Cornyn. We'll see how the senator's message on Trump varies stop to stop — or as new poll numbers in his race against Democrat MJ Hegar come in.sacurrent.com
WATCH: Mayor, county judge join KSAT, Bexar Facts for virtual town hall on COVID-19
SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff joined KSAT anchor Steve Spriester and other community leaders and advocates for a discussion about the community’s biggest concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic. The virtual town hall focused on the results of the latest Bexar Facts-KSAT-Rivard Report poll. The poll was released Tuesday through a partnership between Bexar Facts, KSAT12 and The Rivard Report. It includes responses from 668 registered Bexar County voters of different income and education levels, race, age, gender and political party affiliation. Take the poll, via Bexar Facts, here or comment below.
Op-Ed: The US oil industry is more likely to be saved by a government bailout than by OPEC
Trump said that he expected OPEC and the Russians to announce cuts of as much as 15 million barrels off the global total of 100 million. That would send a "clear message that we're just not going to let foreign oil flow in here," Perry said. This would be a win for the smaller and mid-sized producers versus United States' oil majors, who have opposed punitive tariffs. President Trump doesn't have good options. In the end, it is more likely that a US government bailout will save the industry, rather than a global market intervention.cnbc.com
Bloomberg's debate debacle may be the 'beginning of the end' of his 2020 run, pollster says
Billionaire former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg's performance in his first Democratic presidential debate was so bad that it may be the "beginning of the end" for his already late-starting campaign, pollster Frank Luntz said Thursday. Luntz, a longtime Republican pollster and consultant to NBC's hit series "The West Wing," on CNBC compared Bloomberg's debacle to Rick Perry's debate gaffe in the 2012 race for the GOP presidential nomination. "We will look back at this debate potentially as the beginning of the end [for Bloomberg] because he didn't come across as prepared. Ahead of the Nevada debate, Bloomberg was gaining ground in national polls. Despite participating in the Nevada debate, Bloomberg is not on a ballot until Super Tuesday on March 3, when a third of the delegates are up for grabs in 16 nominating primaries and caucuses.cnbc.com
New U.S. energy secretary slams NY for blocking gas pipelines
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - New U.S. Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette slammed New York state regulators on Thursday for blocking pipelines that would bring natural gas from Appalachia to New England, but did not specify whether the Trump administration could do anything to push the projects forward. New York State has blocked the construction of several pipelines that would transport fracked natural gas from the Marcellus shale in Pennsylvania to New England, including Williams Cos Incs Constitution and Northeast Supply Enhancement and National Fuel Gas Cos Northern Access. During an extreme cold spell early last year, a tanker of liquefied natural gas, or LNG, arrived in the Boston Harbor from a sanctioned facility in the Russian Arctic. When Perry was secretary, he said New York posed risks to national security by blocking projects but he was unable to stop the state. The Trump administration has pursued an energy dominance policy of rolling back Obama-era environmental standards and seeking to boost production of oil and gas.feeds.reuters.com
Dan Brouillette confirmed as next secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy
The Senate on Monday confirmed Dan Brouillette as the next U.S. energy secretary. Brouillette succeeds Rick Perry, who leaves the job as questions swirl in the impeachment inquiry about whether his dealings with Ukraine. Brouillette, 57, has served as the Energy Department's deputy secretary since 2017, and he previously worked for the department under the administration of former President George W. Bush. Trump says Energy Secretary Rick Perry asked him to call Ukrainian presidentDuring his confirmation hearings, Brouillette said he was not a part of any conversation tied to the matters behind the impeachment inquiry. "I'm not aware of the conversations that Secretary Perry had or did not have" with Ukraine, he said.cbsnews.com
Rick Perry says Trump (and Obama) were ‘ordained by God’ to be president
Like a lot of evangelical Christians, Energy Secretary Rick Perry believes in a God who gets involved in every aspect of our lives -- including the election of Donald Trump as President. "You know, Barack Obama doesn't get to be the President of the United States without being ordained by God. Perry is just the latest evangelical Christian in the Trump administration to say they believe the President is divinely ordained. In February, former White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said that God "wanted Donald Trump to become president and that's why he's there." "We can't say that it's not God's will for Donald Trump to be president, because he is the president," she said.
Former Texas Governor Rick Perry Says Trump Is God's 'Chosen One'
"I'm a big believer that the God of our universe is still very active in the details of the day-to-day lives of government," Perry told Fox News in comments aired Sunday. "You know, Barack Obama doesn't get to be the President of the United States without being ordained by God. President, I know there are people that say you know, you said you were the chosen one.' From local politics and culture to national news that hits close to home, San Antonio Current has been keeping San Antonio informed for years. If quality journalism is important to you, please consider a donation to San Antonio Current.sacurrent.com
Column: Mick Mulvaney, please call your office
Of all the missing witnesses, though, Mulvaney stands apart. It was Mulvaney, witnesses said, who organized the unofficial channel of envoys who negotiated with Kyiv: Sondland, Perry and special envoy Kurt Volker. Make that acting chief of staff; hes still on probation after 11 months in the position. When Trump decided to hold next years G-7 summit meeting at one of his resorts in Florida, Mulvaney did not resist. And now Mulvaney has helped Trump blunder into impeachment without even getting the Ukrainian investigation of Biden that he wanted.latimes.com
U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro Says Rick Perry Should Be Investigated Over Ukraine Energy Dealings
The pair secured the deal even though they offered millions of dollars less than their only rival bidder, the wire service reported, citing financial documents. "It looks too much like a pay-to-play scheme," Castro said on a call with reporters Friday. "It also mirrors closely what we saw [from Perry] in Texas with the awarding of no-bid contracts to huge donors. "While Texas governor, Perry drew criticism that he engaged in crony capitalism to pay back supporters. ""There seems to be a consistent pattern of cronyism that could rise to illegality," he said.sacurrent.com
U.S. diplomat says he followed Trump orders on Ukraine, points to Pompeo and Pence
The ambassador, a wealthy hotel entrepreneur and Trump donor, detailed Trumps active participation in the Ukraine controversy. Testifying to the House Intelligence Committee, Sondland said he told Pence that a freeze ordered by Trump of $391 million in security aid to Ukraine appeared to be part of the pressure campaign. Trump in a July 25 phone call asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to carry out two investigations. The other involved a debunked conspiracy theory promoted by some Trump allies that Ukraine, not Russia, interfered in the 2016 U.S. election. Trump has said he did nothing wrong in the Ukraine matter and specifically denied any quid pro quo.feeds.reuters.com
Why does Rick Perry's name keep coming up in Trump impeachment probe?
REUTERS/Ints Kalnins/File PhotoSondlands testimony, in a Democrat-led impeachment probe of Trumps Ukraine dealings, raises questions about Perry, who had been one of Trumps longest-serving and most scandal-free Cabinet members. Trump held up nearly $400 million in military aid to Ukraine as he asked Zelenskiy to investigate the Bidens. It has not come up in the testimony whether Perry had directly told Sondland that Trump wanted a probe of the Bidens. The Energy Departments spokeswoman, Shaylyn Hynes, said on Wednesday Sondland had misrepresented both Perrys interaction with Giuliani and the direction he received from Trump. Trump has said he made his July 25 call with Zelenskiy at Perrys urging.feeds.reuters.com
U.S. ambassador on Rick Perry, Rudy Giuliani and Ukraine: “We did not want to work with Mr. Giuliani.”
WASHINGTON — Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, testified on Wednesday that President Trump’s personal attorney, Rudolph Giuliani, pushed a quid pro quo between the American and Ukrainian leadership. "Mr. Giuliani's requests were a quid pro quo for arranging a White House visit for President Zelenksy," Sondland said of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Sondland testified as part of the ongoing impeachment inquiry hearings before the House Intelligence Committee. He publicly confirmed that he worked closely with outgoing Energy Secretary Rick Perry on Ukrainian policy "at the express direction of the president of the United States." "We all understood that if we refused to work with Mr. Guiliani, we would lose an important opportunity to cement relations between the United States and Ukraine."
As Trump Impeachment Hearings Go Public, Previous Transcripts Shed Light on Roles Texas Lawmakers May Play
Instagram / joaquincastrotxDemocratic U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro is one of the Texans on the House IntelligenceCommittee. Ratcliffe at least twice pushed witnesses for explicit evidence of a quid pro quo between Trump and Ukrainian leadership.Ratcliffe will appear in the televised hearings commencing Wednesday morning. He frequently harkened back to his past career as a federal prosecutor in his questioning of witnesses during closed-door impeachment inquiry hearings. On the 10th of July...it became completely apparent what the deliverable would be in order to get a White House meeting. To be sure, there were competing hearings throughout these rounds of testimony, and some of these depositions took place during a Congressional recess.U.S.sacurrent.com
Report: Two of Energy Secretary Rick Perry's Political Backers Won 'Potentially Lucrative' Ukraine Oil and Gas Deal
"The revelation appears to come at an inopportune time for Perry.House committees have subpoenaed documents from the energy secretary as part of the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump's dealings with Ukraine. Amid the probe, Perry announced he'll be leaving his cabinet position by the end of the year. From local politics and culture to national news that hits close to home, San Antonio Current has been keeping San Antonio informed for years. If quality journalism is important to you, please consider a donation to San Antonio Current. Every reader contribution is valuable and so appreciated, and goes directly to support our coverage of critical issues and neighborhood culture.sacurrent.com
Gov. Greg Abbott Is Likely to Follow Examples of Prior Republican Texas Governors and Let Rodney Reed Die
click to enlarge Facebook / Reagan BeresProtesters rally in front of the Texas governor's mansion to urge Greg Abbott to halt the execution of Rodney Reed. And Abbott, who won reelection last year on a 12-point margin,perceives that he won't either, Jillson added. "They saw a benefit to going ahead with the executions, in that they were their displaying their Texas conservative bona fides. The governor, after all, has been a frequent cheerleader for the death penalty, calling it "Texas justice. Indeed, more than half of the 25 prisoners executed in the U.S. this year were put to death in Texas.sacurrent.com
Intel Chairman Adam Schiff: Trump aides' refusal to testify adds to potential impeachment evidence
The head of the House impeachment inquiry said Monday that the failure of four White House officials to testify despite subpoenas adds to the evidence against President Donald Trump. "This will only add to the body of evidence on a potential obstruction of Congress charge against the president," Schiff said, noting that during the impeachment inquiry into former President Richard Nixon, an article of impeachment was based on obstruction of Congress. Trump has denied any wrongdoing in his dealings with Ukraine and repeatedly attacked the impeachment process. On Monday, he wrote on Twitter, "What I said on the phone call with the Ukrainian President is "perfectly" stated. Perry is scheduled for a deposition on Wednesday, but the Department of Energy has already indicated that the secretary will not appear.cnbc.com
Energy Secretary Perry refuses to testify before Trump impeachment inquiry, his spokesperson says
Secretary of Energy Rick Perry speaks during a news conference after the Partnership for Transatlantic Energy Cooperation conference in Vilnius, Lithuania October 7, 2019. Energy Secretary Rick Perry will refuse to appear before a closed session of House of Representatives committees investigating President Donald Trump for possible impeachment, an Energy Department spokeswoman said on Friday. "The Secretary will not partake in a secret star chamber inquisition where agency counsel is forbidden to be present," spokeswoman Shaylyn Hynes said in a statement. "If the committee is interested in conducting a serious proceeding they are welcome to send for the Secretary's consideration an invitation to participate in an open hearing where the Department's counsel can be present and the American people can witness," she said.cnbc.com
U.S., Saudi talks on nuclear program going forward: U.S. energy secretary
U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry speaks to reporters outside the West Wing of the White House, in Washington, U.S., October 23, 2019. REUTERS/Tom BrennerABU DHABI (Reuters) - U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry said on Saturday that conversations with Saudi Arabia on a nuclear program are going forward. Speaking at a round table in Abu Dhabi he added that the United States did everything it could to have a ready global supply of oil.feeds.reuters.com
Trump opponents are 'chasing the ghost' on impeachment, Energy Secretary Rick Perry says
The outgoing U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry has said he does not believe that U.S. President Donald Trump will be formally impeached, even though political opponents are clearly determined to "harm" him. Perry, who is on a trip to Dubai, told CNBC's Hadley Gamble on Saturday that he didn't think Trump would eventually face articles of impeachment. This is as a big a 'chasing the ghost' as I've seen before," said Perry. Rudy Giuliani the president's private attorney has taken a lead role in communications with some officials in Ukraine. When asked if Giuliani had become a political liability to Trump, Perry said "I don't know," before adding that it is often important to take advice from outside of political administrations.cnbc.com
U.S. energy chief says departure has 'absolutely nothing' to do with Ukraine
FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry speaks during a news conference after the Partnership for Transatlantic Energy Cooperation conference in Vilnius, Lithuania October 7, 2019. REUTERS/Ints KalninsPerrys departure was announced by U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday. Perry told Fox he had pushed Trump to make the July call, agreeing with a characterization the president had made earlier. Biden never came up in any discussions Perry had with Zelenskiy or the White House, he said. Perry also said he had no problems about being told to consult with Trumps personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, on Ukraine matters.feeds.reuters.com
Trump says U.S. Energy Secretary Perry to step down at end of the year
FORT WORTH, Texas/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry will step down by the end of the year, President Donald Trump said on Thursday, a day before a deadline set by congressional Democrats for Perry to turn over documents in the impeachment probe. Trump told an event in Texas that he had known for months that Perry would resign. Well announce it pretty soon.Deputy Secretary Dan Brouillette, who has attended several international energy meetings in recent months, is widely expected to replace Perry. FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry speaks during a news conference after the Partnership for Transatlantic Energy Cooperation conference in Vilnius, Lithuania October 7, 2019. In 2018, Trump pressed Saudi Arabia to boost oil exports ahead of his administrations unilateral reimposition of sanctions on Irans oil exports.feeds.reuters.com
Trump nominates Rick Perry deputy and former lobbyist Dan Brouillette to be Energy secretary
Dan Brouillette, United States Deputy Secretary of Energy, seen during an interview with the German Press Agency (dpa) in te course of the 54th Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, 16 February 2018. President Donald Trump on Friday announced that he has nominated Deputy Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette to replace departing Energy chief Rick Perry. "I am pleased to nominate Deputy Secretary Dan Brouillette to be the new Secretary of Energy. From 1998 to 2000, Brouillette worked as a lobbyist for firm Fleishman-Hillard. Perry will step down at the end of the year, Trump said at a rally in Dallas on Thursday night.cnbc.com
Dan Brouillette tapped by Trump to replace Rick Perry as energy secretary
President Trump has tapped Deputy Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette to take Rick Perry's place as energy secretary. "I want to thank Secretary of Energy Rick Perry for the outstanding job he has done," the president tweeted. At the same time, I am pleased to nominate Deputy Secretary Dan Brouillette to be the new Secretary of Energy. Before joining the administration, Brouillette was the senior vice president and head of public policy for USAA, and a vice president at Ford Motor Company. Brouillette tweeted his appreciation of Perry Friday afternoon.cbsnews.com
Departing Energy Secretary Rick Perry says he's not sure he'll comply with subpoena in impeachment inquiry
Rick Perry, U.S. secretary of energy, speaks during the 2019 CERAWeek by IHS Markit conference in Houston, Texas, on Wednesday, March 13, 2019. Energy Secretary Rick Perry, who will be leaving his post by year's end , said Friday that he is not sure whether he will comply with a subpoena from House Democrats conducting an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. But Perry, who revealed a day earlier that he would be stepping down as Energy secretary, told CNBC's "Squawk on the Street" that he would follow the advice of administration lawyers. The White House has rejected the impeachment inquiry as a "witch hunt" and is refusing to comply with its proceedings. Some current and former officials have opted to testify regardless of the messages from the Trump administration.cnbc.com
Newsletter: Get over it
Newsletter Get our Today's Headlines newsletter SubscribeAdvertisementThe Five-Day Cease-FireThe U.S. and Turkey have reached an agreement for a five-day cease-fire in Syria that will leave the Turks in control of a wide swath of Syrian territory, force formerly U.S.-allied Kurdish militias to withdraw and require the U.S. to drop its newly imposed sanctions against Turkey. Turkey? In the Turkey-Syria border area, residents welcomed the cease-fire but, while they hope for calm, they see danger at every turn. The Creeping TerrorYouve probably never heard of the 160-mile-long Garlock fault on the northern edge of the Mojave Desert. Hundreds of guitars, pedals, keyboards and other music gear are up for auction today and tomorrow in Beverly Hills. Fittingly enough, it includes the weirdest rare boutique pedals that youve ever seen.If you like this newsletter, please share it with friends.latimes.com
Trump says U.S. Energy Secretary Perry to step down at end of the year
FORT WORTH, Texas/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry will step down by the end of the year, President Donald Trump said on Thursday, a day before a deadline set by congressional Democrats for Perry to turn over documents in the impeachment probe. FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry speaks during a news conference after the Partnership for Transatlantic Energy Cooperation conference in Vilnius, Lithuania October 7, 2019. Well announce it pretty soon.Deputy Secretary Dan Brouillette, who has attended several international energy meetings in recent months, is widely expected to replace Perry. Perry was virtually free of the ethics investigations that weighed on other Trump administration officials. In 2018, Trump pressed Saudi Arabia to boost oil exports ahead of his administrations unilateral reimposition of sanctions on Irans oil exports.feeds.reuters.com
Energy Secretary Rick Perry tells President Trump he plans on resigning
Secretary of Energy Rick Perry speaks as President Donald Trump looks on during an East Room event on the environment on July 7, 2019, at the White House in Washington, DC. FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Energy Secretary Rick Perry has notified the president that he intends to leave his job soon, according to an administration official who confirmed the news on condition of anonymity. Perry was traveling with the president to Texas on Thursday when he shared the news aboard Air Force One. Perry is under scrutiny over the role he played in the president's dealings with Ukraine, which are currently the subject of an impeachment inquiry. Perry had disputed reports that he was planning to leave the administration in an interview Wednesday with The Wall Street Journal.
Request for 2016 election probe was factor in frozen Ukraine aid: White House
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A top White House official on Thursday acknowledged that U.S. President Donald Trump held back military aid for Ukraine earlier this year in part to pressure Kiev to look into allegations about the 2016 U.S. presidential election. FILE PHOTO: Mick Mulvaney, Assistant to the President and Acting Chief of Staff, The White House, speaks during the Milken Institute's 22nd annual Global Conference in Beverly Hills, California, U.S., April 30, 2019. REUTERS/Mike BlakeActing White House chief of staff Mike Mulvaney told a news conference that such action was absolutely appropriate and said it was part of Trumps larger concerns about corruption in Ukraine. The look back to what happened in 2016 certainly was part of the things that he was worried about in corruption in that nation, Mulvaney said. Mulvaneys reference to 2016 refers to a debunked conspiracy theory that Ukraine and not Russia interfered in the U.S. election that year and that a Democratic Party computer server was being held somewhere in Ukraine.feeds.reuters.com
Trump says Energy Secretary Rick Perry will step down at the end of the year
Shortly after Trump's remarks, the Department of Energy shared Perry's resignation letter as well as his video message directed to Department of Energy employees. President Donald Trump confirmed Thursday that Energy Secretary Rick Perry will step down at the end of the year. Instead, we arrive in their capitals espousing the benefits of American energy resources, technology and services. I am proud to have established the Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security and Emergency Response and the Office of Artificial Intelligence and Technology. An important part of the American energy story is what we are doing with science and technology to make our air cleaner.cnbc.com
Rick Perry tells Trump he's resigning as energy secretary
Washington Energy Secretary Rick Perry notified President Trump Thursday that he plans to resign, two administration sources familiar with the matter tell CBS News. Bloomberg News first reported Perry had informed Mr. Trump of his intention to leave. Mr. Trump told reporters on Thursday that he already has his replacement, but he did not clarify who it is. At the Louis Vuitton Workshop ribbon cutting in Dallas on Thursday, Mr. Trump singled out Perry, who was in attendance. Mr. Trump said he was "going to miss him so much" and said he has done a "fantastic job."cbsnews.com
House Democrats subpoena Energy Secretary Rick Perry
Spencer Platt/Getty ImagesWASHINGTON - House Democrats have subpoenaed Energy Secretary Rick Perry as part of their impeachment investigation into President Donald Trump's dealings with Ukraine. The House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Oversight and Reform committees sent Perry a subpoena Thursday asking him to provide documents related to a Ukrainian state-owned energy company as well as his involvement in a July call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy. Trump has said Perry teed up the July 25 call. A spokeswoman for Perry said he wanted Trump to speak on energy matters with the Ukrainian leader as part of U.S. efforts to boost Western energy ties to Eastern Europe. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Democrats subpoena Energy Secretary Perry in Trump impeachment probe
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congressional Democrats issued a subpoena for U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry on Thursday over any possible role he played in President Donald Trumps effort to get Ukraines president to investigate a political rival. Recently, public reports have raised questions about any role you may have played in conveying or reinforcing the Presidents stark message to the Ukrainian President, the chairmen of three House of Representatives committees leading the probe wrote in a letter to Perry. The letter from the chairmen of the Oversight, Intelligence and Foreign Affairs committees sought documents by Oct. 18, the latest effort from Democrats in Congress to secure evidence and testimony from the Trump administration. The White House said on Tuesday it would refuse to cooperate with the congressional impeachment inquiry, hours after the administration abruptly blocked a key witness in the Ukraine scandal from testifying to congressional panels. The Ukraine investigation has cast a pall over Trumps campaign to win back the White House in 2020.feeds.reuters.com
Energy Secretary Rick Perry subpoenaed by House Democrats
Secretary of Energy Rick Perry speaks as President Donald Trump looks on during an East Room event on the environment on July 7, 2019, at the White House in Washington, DC. WASHINGTON - House Democrats have subpoenaed former Texas governor and current Energy Secretary Rick Perry as part of their impeachment investigation into President Donald Trump's dealings with Ukraine. Trump has said Perry set up the July 25 call. A spokeswoman for Perry said he wanted Trump to speak on energy matters with the Ukrainian leader as part of U.S. efforts to boost Western energy ties to Eastern Europe. Related stories on KSAT.com:Here are the House Democrats who haven't called for impeachmentJoe Biden calls for Trump's impeachment for first timeWhite House: Trump will not cooperate with impeachment probeCopyright 2019 The Associated Press.
House subpoenas Perry in impeachment inquiry
Alex Wong/Getty ImagesWASHINGTON (CNN) - House Democrats on Thursday issued a subpoena to Energy Secretary Rick Perry for documents related to the Trump administration's contacts with Ukraine as part of the ongoing House impeachment inquiry. The subpoena was issued by the House Intelligence Committee in consultation with the House Foreign Affairs and Oversight committees. A letter sent to Perry by the House Democratic chairmen of those three committees states that "public reports have raised questions about any role you may have played in conveying or reinforcing the President's stark message to the Ukrainian President." Last week, Perry pledged to work with lawmakers looking into the whistleblower complaint. "I'll just briefly say we're going to work with Congress and answer all their questions," Perry said at a department event.