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Democrats subpoena Energy Secretary Perry in Trump impeachment probe

Democratic party want to clarify Perry's role in Trump-Zelensky conversation
16:41, 11 October 2019

Reuters

Congressional Democrats issued a subpoena for U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry on Thursday over any possible role he played in President Donald Trump’s effort to get Ukraine’s president to investigate a political rival, Reuters informs.

“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 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.

Related: Trump: Zelensky strongly states there was no pressure

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that the White House would cooperate with the House of Representatives’ impeachment inquiry if House Democrats “give us our rights”. Meanwhile, The White House has criticized Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for not calling a vote of the full chamber to authorize the impeachment investigation.

As we reported earlier, the conversation between Trump and Zelensky caused a lot of controversy, as Trump pressed his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelensky, to investigate his political rival, former Democratic Vice President Joe Biden. As a result, Nancy Pelosi reported that House of Representatives would launch a formal impeachment inquiry.

Related: Joe Biden admits that Trump deserves impeachment

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