Rick Perry remains in the cabinet, until he isn’t. Perry denies he’s resigning: ‘not today, it's not tomorrow, it's not next month'. So December? Trump’s culpability in trading arms for dirt remains.
As we know, Trump’s July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, in which Trump pressured Zelensky to investigate Joe and Hunter Biden among other things, has led to an impeachment inquiry in the House of Representatives.
But did you know that it’s Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s fault?
That, at least, is what Trump is reportedly telling congressional allies. On Friday, according to Axios, the President blamed Perry for the fact that the call with Zelensky ever occurred in the first place.
As it turns out, Perry has played a part in the unfolding Ukraine debacle, though the extent of his involvement in Trump’s pressure campaign is unclear. A series of reports this weekend from Axios, Politico and The Associated Press give us new details about his role.
- He was asked about reports he will resign while traveling in Lithuania
- Complained: 'They've been writing the story for at least nine months now'
- Said it's 'not today, it's not tomorrow, it's not next month'
- Perry addressed Trump's claim that he pushed for the president's July call with his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky in an interview Friday
- Perry said he has close relationships with Ukrainian officials because he spearheaded US efforts to clean up corruption in the eastern European nation
- However, he said Joe Biden's name never came up during the many conversations he's had with the White House and Ukrainian leaders
- 'Not once, as God is my witness, not once was a Biden name – not the former vice president, not his son, ever mentioned,' Perry said
- The interview came hours after Trump allegedly told House Republicans that he made the call to Zelensky at the energy secretary's request