U.S. Energy Minister Rick Perry refused to testify on the closed session of the Congress in Trump's impeachment inquiry initiated due to the possible pressure on the authorities of Ukraine. Shaylyn Hynes, the press secretary of the Ministry of Energy reported that as Reuters informed.
"The Secretary will not partake in a secret star chamber inquisition where agency counsel is forbidden to be present," she said.
"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," the Spokeswoman added.
Perry’s refusal to testify marked his latest act of defiance in the impeachment effort. The Energy Department said on October 18 that Perry would not turn over documents subpoenaed by Democrats in the probe, arguing at the time that the impeachment inquiry had not been properly authorized.
The Pentagon and White House also refused to provide any documents, which could demonstrate the U.S.-Ukraine relations.
Democrats are considering whether to consider articles of impeachment - formal charges - against Trump. If approved in the House, the Republican-led Senate would hold a trial on those charges and decide whether to convict Trump and remove him from office.