Rick Perry Says Trump Directed Him To Work With Giuliani On Ukraine
Another Trump administration officials has apparently turned on the president, with Energy Secretary Rick Perry telling the Wall Street Journal that President Donald Trump directed him to contact Rudy Giuliani on alleged corruption in Ukraine.
Perry told the Journal that he called Giuliani in the spring in hopes of facilitating a meeting between Trump and Ukraine’s then-newly elected president, Volodymyr Zelenksy.
The publication noted that Perry’s description of events shows "how closely the president’s personal lawyer worked with the administration on Ukraine policy."
Perry told the Journal that Giuliani’s focus during their phone call was the 2016 presidential election, with the president’s attorney claiming that Ukraine was behind the infamous Steele dossier and that Ukrainian officials had "'dreamed up' evidence that helped send former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort to jail.”
The energy secretary said Giuliani made no mention of former Vice President Joe Biden during the phone call. Trump and Giuliani both have called for an investigation into the president’s potential 2020 rival.
Perry is not the first official to turn on the president. Axios noted that Giuliani involved several members of the administration in his quest for Ukraine investigations, including Gordon Sondland, Trump’s ambassador to the European Union.
Sondland has said his work on the matter was also at the president’s direction.
And former special envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker presented Congress with testimony and records of text messages indicating Democrats’ allegations of Trump quid pro quo with Ukraine are not so far off base.
It would appear that those connected to Trump’s desire for investigations into his political enemies are beginning to turn, cooperating with congressional investigators more willingly than the White House would prefer.