By Mede Nix The Dallas Morning News
DALLAS — After a Politico report Thursday night that Energy Secretary and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry is expected to leave his position by the end of November, a department spokeswoman said, “Today is not that day,” for the media to be right.
The Washington-based news outlet cited three people familiar with his plans.
“While the Beltway media has breathlessly reported on rumors of Secretary Perry’s departure for months, he is still the Secretary of Energy and a proud member of President Trump’s Cabinet. One day the media will be right. Today is not that day,” DOE spokeswoman Shaylyn Hynes told The Dallas Morning News.
Perry, 69, joined President Donald Trump’s Cabinet in 2017. The most recent report that he planned to resign came out in April.
On Thursday, Politico reported that two people said Perry has been planning his departure for months and that Deputy Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette is expected to replace him.
Perry’s name has surfaced in the ongoing drama over allegations that Trump abused his office by asking a foreign leader to investigate one of his Democratic presidential rivals.
The former Texas governor first was given passing reference in the whistleblower complaint against Trump over the president’s July call with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy.
Then, Perry was mentioned in House Democrats’ subpoena to Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani over the matter.
Earlier this week, New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, questioned Perry directly over his interactions with Ukrainian officials.
Perry hasn’t been accused of wrongdoing, even as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has moved forward with a formal impeachment inquiry against Trump.
He addressed the controversy for the first time Wednesday, saying briefly at an Energy Department event on artificial intelligence that he is “going to work with Congress and answer all their questions,” according to CNN.
Politico reported that the White House did not comment on Perry’s future.