Outgoing Energy Secretary Rick Perry was called to testify on Friday, Nov. 1, before the House Committees as part of the impeachment inquiry against President Trump but he refused to follow the request, according to the department’s representative.

His deposition was scheduled for next Wednesday, according to an anonymous source familiar with the situation.

In response to the request, Energy Department spokeswoman Shaylyn Hynes indicated Friday that Perry would not appear for the closed-door hearing, but would consider testifying in a public session, reported The Associated Press.

“The secretary will not partake in a secret star chamber inquisition where agency counsel is forbidden to be present,” Hynes 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 House investigators are seeking more information on Perry ‘s role in dealing with Ukraine despite the fact that Perry called the probe into the president invalid and refused to comply with a House subpoena to provide information related to his involvement with Ukraine. 

Perry has repeatedly denied committing any wrongdoing in his dealings with Ukraine, stating that his focus was on helping to ‘clean up corruption’ there. He also denounced mentioning about Bidens with any other Trump administration officials, according to Christian Broadcasting Network.

Talking to Fox News Perry emphasized that there was no quid pro quo, as well, and that his goal was to “get Ukraine back in the sphere of influence in the United States.”

Subpoenas were also issued to John Eisenberg, the lead counsel at the National Security Council; Brian McCormack, a top aide who worked on energy policy at the Office of Management and Budget; and David Hale, an undersecretary at the State Department.

Perry told The Associated Press in Dubai last weekend that he considered the way lawmakers were pursuing impeachment was improper. 

The House voted this week to affirm the impeachment process and formalize the procedures ahead, but GOP lawyers keep criticizing that closed-door depositions are still conducted and the transcripts are kept away from the GOP and public.

Including reporting from the Associated Press

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