Perry reportedly told Trump as the president was headed to Texas.
ABC News and CBS News also confirmed reports that Perry is leaving the Trump administration. His notice of resignation comes after weeks of speculation over his departure and before news of his involvement with Trump’s efforts to pressure the Ukrainian president to investigate his political rivals came to light.
Perry, the former governor of Texas, revealed in an interview with The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday that he called Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, under Trump’s direction, to discuss the president’s concerns of corruption in Ukraine.
Perry told the Journal that the call was intended to help set up a meeting between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. The remarks Perry made in that interview directly contradicts an earlier report by Axios that Trump during a conference call claimed he unwillingly made the call to Zelensky, which is now the focus of a House impeachment probe, because Perry urged him to.
An official date for Perry’s departure from the Department of Energy was not immediately clear, though he was reportedly expected to announce his official resignation by the end of November, Politico reported earlier this month.
Perry has served as energy secretary for two years.
The Department of Energy didn’t immediately respond to HuffPost’s request for confirmation.
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