Energy Secretary Rick Perry expected to resign next month: report

Energy Secretary Rick PerryJames (Rick) Richard PerryWhite House staggers after tumultuous 48 hours Perry won't comply with subpoena in impeachment inquiry Overnight Energy: Trump taps deputy energy secretary to replace Perry | Praises pick Dan Brouillette as 'total professional' | Perry denies quid pro quo over Ukraine MORE is expected to announce his resignation next month, Politico reported Thursday night.

Three sources close to Perry told the newspaper that the Energy secretary was planning an announcement in November. 

The report of Perry's expected resignation comes days after the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee sent questions to Perry related to his travel to Ukraine amid scrutiny of the Trump administration's dealings with the country.

The Energy secretary traveled to Ukraine in May for the inauguration of the country's new president, Volodymyr Zelesnky, whose contacts with President TrumpDonald John TrumpZuckerberg launches public defense of Facebook as attacks mount Trump leaning toward keeping a couple hundred troops in eastern Syria: report Warren says making Israel aid conditional on settlement building is 'on the table' MORE are now at the center of House Democrats' impeachment inquiry.

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Sources close to Perry claimed to Politico that his resignation would be unrelated to scrutiny over Trump's dealings with Ukraine. 

Deputy Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette is expected to lead the department as Perry's replacement, the three sources told Politico.

A spokeswoman for the Energy Department declined to say if Perry would resign next month, instead rebuking the media for past reports about Perry's expected departure.

“While the Beltway media has breathlessly reported on rumors of Secretary Perry's departure for months, he is still the Secretary of Energy and a proud member of President Trump’s Cabinet. One day the media will be right. Today is not that day,” Shaylyn Hynes told Politico.

A White House official also pushed back in an email Friday afternoon, telling The Hill that rumors of Perry's resignation were incorrect.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee ranking member Bob MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezTurkey sanctions face possible wall in GOP Senate Paul blocks Senate vote on House-passed Syria resolution House to vote on resolution condemning Trump's Syria pullback MORE (D-N.J.) wrote to Perry on Tuesday, requesting information from the Energy secretary on his May trip to Ukraine.

"Given your role as the leader of the official United States delegation to the inauguration, and the White House’s recent release of evidence that President Trump requested that Ukraine’s government investigate his domestic political opponent, your insight into the U.S. delegation’s trip is of particular interest to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee," the senator wrote.