Perry's team pushes back on Sondland testimony: The words 'Biden' and 'Burisma' did not come up

Former Energy Secretary Rick PerryRick PerryOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Trump signs major conservation bill into law | Senate votes to confirm Energy's No. 2 official | Trump Jr. expresses opposition to Pebble Mine project Senate votes to confirm Energy's No. 2 official 4 Texas GOP congressional primary runoffs to watch MORE’s team is pushing back on Ambassador to the European Union Gordon SondlandGordon SondlandGOP chairman vows to protect whistleblowers following Vindman retirement over 'bullying' Top Democrat slams Trump's new EU envoy: Not 'a political donor's part-time job' Trump names new EU envoy, filling post left vacant by impeachment witness Sondland MORE’s Wednesday testimony, saying the words “Biden” and “Burisma” did not come up during conversations between Perry and the president’s personal attorney Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiThe Hill's Campaign Report: COVID-19 puts conventions in flux  Trump campaign seeks debate in early September Nunes declines to answer if he received information from Ukraine lawmaker meant to damage Biden MORE.

The Department of Energy said in a statement Wednesday that Sondland misrepresented Perry’s communications with Giuliani and the president.

“Ambassador Sondland’s testimony today misrepresented both Secretary Perry’s interaction with Rudy Giuliani and direction the Secretary received from President TrumpDonald John TrumpLincoln Project ad dubs Jared Kushner the 'Secretary of Failure' Pence: Chief Justice Roberts 'has been a disappointment to conservatives' Twitter bans Trump campaign until it deletes tweet with COVID-19 misinformation MORE,” the statement reads. “As previously stated, Secretary Perry spoke to Rudy Giuliani only once at the President’s request.”


“At no point before, during or after that phone call did the words ‘Biden’ or ‘Burisma’ ever come up in the presence of Secretary Perry,” it continues.

Sondland testified Wednesday in front of the House Intelligence Committee that he updated Perry and other senior administration officials over email about how a meeting between Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Trump was contingent on the country's willingness to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenGOP chairmen hit back at accusation they are spreading disinformation with Biden probe Trump outraises Biden in July, surpasses billion for the cycle Duckworth: Republican coronavirus package would 'gut' Americans With Disabilities Act MORE.

The ambassador also said he, Perry and former U.S. envoy to Ukraine Kurt VolkerKurt VolkerGOP senators request details on Hunter Biden's travel for probe Yovanovitch retires from State Department: reports Live coverage: Senators enter second day of questions in impeachment trial MORE “did not want to work with Mr. Giuliani” but were playing “the hand we were dealt.”

The House’s impeachment inquiry into the president began after a whistleblower complained that Trump asked the Ukrainian president to look into Biden and his son Hunter days after withholding military aid from the country. Hunter Biden previously sat on the board of the Ukrainian company Burisma.