Warren calls for Rick Perry's resignation from pipeline company

Warren calls for Rick Perry's resignation from pipeline company
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Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenIn politics, as in baseball, it ain't over till it's over Trump defends Roger Stone move: He was target of 'Witch Hunt' Democrats blast Trump for commuting Roger Stone: 'The most corrupt president in history' MORE (D-Mass.) is calling on former Energy Secretary Rick PerryRick Perry4 Texas GOP congressional primary runoffs to watch Texas cities say state is making pandemic worse Coronavirus Report: The Hill's Steve Clemons interviews Ernest Moniz MORE to resign from Energy Transfer, a pipeline company he rejoined this month shortly after his departure from the Trump administration. 

Warren wrote a letter to Perry dated Thursday calling the decision "unethical" and saying it would "discredit" his time in public office. 

"This is exactly the kind of unethical, revolving-door corruption that has made Americans cynical and distrustful of the federal government," the Democratic presidential hopeful wrote.


"You should rectify your mistake and immediately resign from your position on the Board of Directors," she added. "Doing so would send a strong and necessary message about government ethics and your own integrity."

Warren also wrote to the CEO of Energy Transfer, which is behind the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline, questioning when it or its general partner began discussions with Perry and asking about his compensation package. 

“Secretary Perry’s rapid trip through the revolving door between public office and membership on your company’s board will lead to countless questions about whether Energy Transfer is purchasing access to high-level Trump administration officials and whether top Energy Department officials are making decisions that benefit the department’s former head,” the senator wrote to the company.

Energy Transfer told The Hill in a statement that it is "pleased to have Former Secretary Rick Perry as a board member of our general partner."

The company declined to answer questions from The Hill about Perry's appointment to the board of its general partner.  


He was appointed as director of LE GP LLC on Jan. 1, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing, which said the former Trump official will be eligible for "cash compensation" for his work. 

Perry previously sat on the board of Energy Transfer until the end of 2016, according to ethics paperwork.

He left the Energy Department last month. President TrumpDonald John TrumpWayfair refutes QAnon-like conspiracy theory that it's trafficking children Stone rails against US justice system in first TV interview since Trump commuted his sentence Federal appeals court rules Trump admin can't withhold federal grants from California sanctuary cities MORE announced Perry's departure in October amid scrutiny over dealings with Ukraine.