Rick Perry Won’t Comply with Subpoena in Impeachment Witch Hunt

Rick Perry, outgoing Energy Secretary and former governor of Texas, informed House Democrats in a letter this week that he will not comply with their subpoena to turn over documents tied to his involvement with Ukraine.

Perry emphasized, “impeachment inquiry” in quotes in the letter as he pointed out that House Democrats are not operating in a legal manner in their inquiry of President Trump’s interaction with Ukraine. He wrote, “As the Supreme Court has long recognized, a Congressional committee cannot exercise the investigative power of the full House of Representatives unless it has that power through proper delegation.”

While Energy Secretary, Perry worked alongside former special envoy Kurt Volker and U.S. ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland in interactions with Ukraine.

House Democrats want information from Perry as a path to finding some legal means to impeach the President. The chairmen of three different committees in the House sent a letter earlier in the month to Perry saying, “Recently, 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.”

The letter gave Perry a deadline of this Friday to comply, but he told Fox News “that’s not happening.” In that interview Perry told Fox’s, Bill Hemmer, “There was no quid pro quo in the sense of what those folks out there would like for it to be. That we’re [not] going to give you this money unless you investigate Joe Biden and his son. I never heard that said, anywhere, anytime, in any conversation.”

Perry said his goal as Energy Secretary was to “get Ukraine back in the sphere of influence in the United States” but with the stipulation of improved transparency.

Ukraine is known to have one of the most corrupt governmental systems on the planet and Energy Secretary Perry said the real issue is Ukraine showing “they’re going to respect the rule of law” and “be transparent.” Entanglements with Ukraine’s gas company Burisma were of greatest concern.

“All of those things,” said Perry, “were part of him coming in. And I think that’s completely and absolutely legitimate. That’s what we’re supposed to be doing.”

The subpoena came after the White House told Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and the three Democratic committee leaders on Tuesday in a letter it would not cooperate with the ongoing impeachment probe.

Perry followed the lead of White House counsel Pat Cipollone who sent a scathing eight-page letter to House Democrats accusing them of making “legally unsupported demands” of the executive branch.

Cipollone wrote, “Given that your inquiry lacks any legitimate constitutional foundation, any pretense of fairness, or even the most elementary due process protections, the Executive Branch cannot be expected to participate in it.”

Citing potential “lasting damage” to the Executive Branch and the separation of powers the “unconstitutional posture” of House inquiries “left the President no choice” but to refuse to comply.

Perry agreed with the President that the lack of a formal vote in the House for an impeachment inquiry breaks the precedent set in the inquiries into former Presidents Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton.

House Democrats have also issued subpoenas demanding records from Vice President Pence, the Pentagon, Rudy Giuliani, and the White House Office of Management and Budget.


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