Energy Secretary Rick Perry informed President Donald Trump on Thursday that he plans to resign, according to two senior administration officials with direct knowledge of the matter.
It remains unclear when Perry plans to officially step down from his post, The New York Times reported on Thursday.
The Times reports that Perry told Trump of his interest in resigning while aboard Air Force One en route to the former governor’s home state of Texas.
His resignation comes amid questions about his role in a White House effort to pressure Ukraine into launching an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden.
The Hill notes:
Perry was one of the “three amigos” dealing with Ukraine, alongside former special envoy Kurt Volker and Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, according to House Democrat Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.), who cited the recent House testimony from a top State Department official. Trump is said to have named Perry as the impetus for taking the call with Zelensky in that ultimately spurred impeachment hearings.
“Not a lot of people know this but, I didn’t even want to make the call. The only reason I made the call was because Rick asked me to,” Trump said earlier this month according to Axios.
Perry is facing a Friday deadline for complying with a subpoena from House Democrats as part of their impeachment inquiry.