By JILL COLVIN and KEVIN FREKING
(AP) - Energy Secretary Rick Perry has notified the president that he intends to leave his job soon.
That's according to an administration official who confirmed the news on condition of anonymity.
Perry was traveling with the president to Texas Thursday when he shared the news aboard Air Force One.
Perry is under scrutiny over the role he played in the president's dealings with Ukraine, which are currently the subject of an impeachment inquiry.
Perry had disputed reports that he was planning to leave the administration in an interview Wednesday with The Wall Street Journal. But he reportedly left the door open, saying he expected to be at the Energy Department at Thanksgiving, but giving a less definitive answer when asked whether he'd be there through the end of the year.
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Sen. Cruz statement on Perry's resignation
(from Sen. Cruz's office)
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today issued the following statement on the resignation of former Secretary of Energy Rick Perry:
“Rick is a good man and a good friend who has devoted his life to serving his country, especially the great state of Texas. He went from being Texas’ longest-serving governor to heading the Department of Energy, where he was a leading advocate for U.S. energy, including liquefied natural gas. Under his leadership, U.S. oil and gas production has soared—with much of that new production coming from Texas—and the United States has become a net exporter of natural gas, creating good-paying jobs, providing cleaner and more affordable energy, and boosting America’s energy independence. I wish him the best as he returns to private life after a long, successful, and productive career.”
Sen. John Cornyn released to following statement Thursday evening:
“I’m sad to learn that Secretary Rick Perry is leaving his post at the Department of Energy. For two-and-a-half years, he has advocated for American energy and innovation, prioritizing both national security and a strong economy.
As the longest-serving governor of Texas, Rick demonstrated how lower taxes and sensible regulations can grow the economy, boost energy production, and support American jobs. He established himself as a commonsense leader, and championed an all-of-the-above energy strategy. Today, thanks in part to his leadership, Texas is an energy powerhouse.
His legacy of success continued at the Department of Energy, where he led efforts to put American energy back on the map. We are restoring our energy independence, investing in efficient and reliable fuel sources, and providing energy security to our international partners. I’m confident that American energy is thriving today because of the work of Secretary Perry and the Trump Administration’s policies he championed.
Rick is a devoted statesman, proud veteran, and dear friend. I’m grateful for his decades of public service and I wish Rick and his wife Anita the very best in the next chapter of their lives.”