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Perry tells Trump he will resign as energy secretary

Rick Perry, the energy secretary who has drawn scrutiny for his role in the controversy surrounding President Donald Trump’s efforts to push Ukraine officials to investigate the son of a political rival, on Thursday told the president he will resign from the Cabinet.

The Perry resignation had been anticipated for several weeks, even before the news emerged of his involvement in efforts to pressure the new president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, to investigate a company that had worked with Hunter Biden, the son of former Vice President Joe Biden.

In the ensuing weeks, Perry has been drawn deeper into the questions around the pressure campaign on Zelenskiy, which has spurred an impeachment inquiry that threatens to engulf Trump’s presidency.