Rick Perry to Resign as Energy Secretary

CBS News
October 17, 2019 - 2:23 pm

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Energy Secretary Rick Perry notified President Trump Thursday that he plans to resign, two administration sources familiar with the matter tell CBS News. Perry, one of the longest-serving members of the president's cabinet, had become embroiled in the Ukraine scandal engulfing the administration.  

On Wednesday, Perry told The Wall Street Journal that he sought out Mr. Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani this spring at the president's direction to address Mr. Trump's worries about alleged Ukraine corruption.  

Perry, who had been known for his colorful remarks in his previous life as Texas governor and as a presidential candidate, managed to mostly stay under the radar and out of the headlines during his two-and-a-half-year tenure.