President Trump reportedly told House Republicans that he was urged by Energy Secretary Rick Perry to make his “perfect” July 25 phone call to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, which is at the center of the impeachment inquiry launched by House Democrats last week, reports Politico.
Trump told GOP lawmakers “not a lot of people know this but, I didn’t even want to make the call,” a source who was on the call told the news outlet.
“The only reason I made the call was because Rick asked me to. Something about an LNG [liquified natural gas] plant,” Trump added.
None of the text messages between White House officials and former Zelensky aide Andrey Yermak that were released earlier this week suggest that Perry was the reason behind Trump’s phone call.
“Perry headed a U.S. delegation to Ukraine in May for Zelensky’s inauguration but reportedly told the Christian Broadcasting Network that “as God is my witness” neither former Vice President Joe Biden or his son, Hunter Biden, came up in conversation,” The Hill reports.
“Secretary Perry absolutely supported and encouraged the president to speak to the new president of Ukraine to discuss matters related to their energy security and economic development,” Perry’s spokeswoman Shaylyn Hynes told Axios.
Perry is reportedly set to resign from his position as Energy Secretary at the end of the year.