Outgoing Energy Sec. Rick Perry will not comply with a House subpoena to turn over documents tied to his involvement with Ukraine, the Department of Energy (DOE) wrote in a letter to Democratic lawmakers.
The letter referred to the Democrats’ “impeachment inquiry” in quotes, saying the look into President Trump’s interactions with Ukraine was not valid.
“As the Supreme Court has long recognized, a Congressional committee cannot exercise the investigative power of the full House of Representatives unless it has that power through proper delegation,” the letter said.
Perry repeatedly stressed he would follow the advice of DOE counsel, which in Friday’s letter argued that Perry’s communications would be covered under executive privilege.
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