For only the fourth time in U.S. history, the House of Representatives has started a presidential impeachment inquiry. House committees are trying to determine if President Donald Trump violated his oath of office by asking a foreign country to investigate a political opponent.
Energy Secretary Rick Perry, who has been drawn into the House impeachment probe as the person Trump said teed up the July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, said in Lithuania on Monday that he asked Mr. Trump “multiple times” to speak with Mr. Zelenskiy.
Spokeswoman Shaylyn Hynes said Mr. Perry wanted Mr. Trump to speak on energy matters with the Ukrainian leader as part of U.S. efforts to boost Western energy ties to Eastern Europe. A rough transcript of the call shows Mr. Trump pressing Mr. Zelenskiy to investigate Mr Joe Biden and his son.
Mr. Perry also dismissed rumors of his impending departure from the Trump administration, saying reports of his exit are premature. “Not today, not tomorrow, not next month,” he said.