Oct 18, 2019

Trump picks Dan Brouillette for Energy Secretary

U.S. Deputy Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette. Photo: Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images

President Trump intends to nominate Deputy Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette to replace outgoing Energy Secretary Rick Perry, who turned in a resignation letter amid his connection to the Ukraine debacle.

The state of play: Perry plans on leaving his post by the end of the year, according to the president's tweet on Friday. Brouillette has a lower profile than Perry but supports the same basic agenda, including nuclear power and exports of liquefied natural gas, per Axios' Amy Harder.

What Trump tweeted:

"I want to thank Secretary of Energy Rick Perry for the outstanding job he has done. He will be leaving at the end of the year to pursue other interests. Rick was a great Governor of Texas and a great Secretary of Energy.
"He is also my friend! At the same time, I am pleased to nominate Deputy Secretary Dan Brouillette to be the new Secretary of Energy. Dan’s experience in the sector is unparalleled. A total professional, I have no doubt that Dan will do a great job!"

The bottom line: The nomination will be made when the White House formally submits Brouillette's name to the Senate for consideration.

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Rick Perry will not cooperate with impeachment inquiry "at this time"

Rick Perry at the White House on June 12, 2019. Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images

The Department of Energy cited the same arguments as the Pentagon for why it is unable to cooperate "at this time" with House committees' subpoena for documents related to President Trump's efforts to push Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden.

The big picture: As Axios first reported, President Trump told House Republicans that he made his now infamous phone call to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky — described in the whistleblower report at the center of an ongoing impeachment inquiry — at the urging of Energy Secretary Rick Perry, who informed Trump that he is resigning on Thursday.

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The coming appearances in House Democrats' impeachment probe

House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

The three House committees investigating President Trump and Ukraine have sent multiple letters to key Trump administration officials demanding they appear as part of Democrats' rapidly expanding impeachment inquiry.

The latest: Trump’s former national security adviser John Bolton was asked on Wednesday to testify before House impeachment committees on Nov. 7. The top lawyer on the national security council John Eisenberg and his deputy Michael Ellis were also asked on to testify on Nov. 4. It is unclear whether any will show up.

The coming schedule ArrowUpdated Oct 30, 2019

Adam Schiff announces first public House impeachment hearings

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House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) announced on Twitter Wednesday that his committee will hold its first public impeachment hearings next week.

Driving the news: On Wednesday, Nov. 13, the committee will interview top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine Bill Taylor and State Department official George Kent. On Friday, Nov. 15, the committee will interview former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch.

Go deeperArrowNov 6, 2019