House Democrats on Wednesday subpoenaed Energy Secretary Rick Perry as a part of the impeachment inquiry into President Trump. House Reps. Adam Schiff (D-CA), Elijah Cummings (D-MD), and Eliot Engel (D-NY) sent a letter to Perry, demanding key documents by Oct. 18. “Recently, public reports have raised questions on any position you could have performed in conveying or reinforcing the President’s stark message to the Ukrainian President,” the chairmen wrote. “These reports have additionally raised important questions on your efforts to press Ukrainian officials to change the management structure at a Ukrainian state-owned energy company to benefit people concerned with Rudy Giuliani’s push to get Ukrainian officials to intrude in our 2020 election.”
In May, Perry led a U.S. delegation to Ukraine for President Volodymyr Zelensky’s inauguration. The energy secretary reportedly took the trip in the direction of Trump instead of Vice President Mike Pence. Perry’s presence seems to be about a concerted effort by Trump allies to insert an American board member onto Ukraine’s multibillion-dollar oil and gas company, Naftogaz. The former Texas governor reportedly floated several oil executives from his home state to take the board position, together with one of his previous political donors. Trump has tried to blame Perry for the July phone call with Zelensky that instigated the whistleblower complaint.