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 Ann WarrenWarren declines to disavow super PAC that supports her San Diego Union-Tribune endorses Buttigieg 'Where's your spoon?' What we didn't learn in the latest debate MORE (D-Mass.) is calling on former Energy Secretary Rick PerryRick PerryTop National Security Council aide moved to Energy Department role Overnight Energy: Green groups to sue over Trump rollback of Obama water rules | GOP climate plan faces pushback from right | Bezos launches B climate initiative Rick Perry to rejoin dental insurance company as chief strategy officer 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.

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"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.  

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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 TrumpChasten Buttigieg: 'I've been dealing with the likes of Rush Limbaugh my entire life' Lawmakers paint different pictures of Trump's 'opportunity zone' program We must not turn our heads from the effects of traumatic brain injuries MORE announced Perry's departure in October amid scrutiny over dealings with Ukraine.