Perry to step down on December 1

Perry to step down on December 1
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Energy Secretary Rick PerryRick PerryOvernight Energy: BLM may boost staff numbers at new Colorado headquarters | Perry backers reportedly got Ukraine gas deal after he met with president | Paris exit toughens US path to green future Perry backers secured lucrative Ukraine gas deal after his meeting with new president: report The Hill's Morning Report - Impeachment drama will dominate this week MORE will leave the Trump administration on Dec. 1, Department of Energy (DOE) staff confirmed Monday.

Perry, one of the longest-serving Trump Cabinet members, announced last week that he would leave his post by the end of the year, following months of rumors that he would be stepping down. 

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“While Secretary Perry continues to serve at the pleasure of the president, it is his intent to depart DOE Dec. 1,” an agency spokesperson told The Hill.

Perry’s departure date was first reported by Politico. 

Perry has become a figure in Democrats’ impeachment probe into the president after he allegedly influenced President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump faces high stakes in meeting with Erdoğan amid impeachment drama Democrats worry they don't have right candidate to beat Trump Trump threatening to fire Mulvaney: report MORE to take the controversial July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky during which Trump requested an investigation into a potential 2020 rival.

A whistleblower's complaint alleges that Trump withheld nearly $400 million in military aid to Ukraine to pressure authorities in Kiev to investigate Burisma, a Ukrainian gas company former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenDemocrats worry they don't have right candidate to beat Trump Trump threatening to fire Mulvaney: report Giuliani pens op-ed slamming 'unprecedented' impeachment inquiry MORE’s son Hunter Biden previously served on the board of. 

On Friday, Perry refused to comply with a House subpoena as part of the impeachment inquiry. 

Perry has said his departure is not tied to his discussions with Ukrainian leaders, and Trump has already said DOE Department Secretary Dan Brouillette will fill the post, though he hasn't yet been formally nominated. 

“It has absolutely nothing to do with Ukraine,” Perry told Fox News of his departure, adding he was eager to get back to Texas and “the next adventure in life.”