Perry's plans to leave the Energy Department were not immediately known, but the 69-year-old has ruled out another attempt on the White House after failing in the 2012 and 2016 Republican primaries. "I'm done, quote me," he said when asked about another presidential campaign last year.
However, it is an open question as to how much of his retirement will be spent on answering questions about the Ukraine affair, which focuses on whether Trump has withheld US military aid to pressure the government in Kiev set to investigate the democratic rival Joe Biden and his son. Hunter.
Perry has carried out an in-depth investigation because he led the US delegation to the inauguration of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in May. The government tried to determine whether the new leader could meet Trump's demands, as a whistleblower reported the White House released last week. Perry was a last-minute replacement for Vice President Mike Pence, who keeps asking questions about his own role in the scandal.
There is no evidence that Perry was directly involved in Trump's attempt to conduct an investigation of his political opponent but Senator Bob Menendez (DN.J) sent a letter to Perry earlier this week in which he reversed Information about him asked activities and interactions there.
The White House did not comment on Perry's future, and a DOE spokesman declined to say whether he would resign next month.
"While the Beltway media have been breathing breathless rumors of Minister 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 this day, "said DOE spokesman Shaylyn Hynes.
Brouillette has represented Perry at Cabinet meetings in recent months, a source added. Many of Perry's former DOE employees ̵
Perry, a frequent traveler to Eastern Europe as a pitcher for US energy exports, was also a subject in the summons that House Democrats had sent to Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani earlier this week. The summons contains a request for documents and other communications involving Perry and the former mayor of New York City, which is affiliated with Ukraine. A second summons, expected to be issued this week, details questions of talks between the current White House chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, and Perry, as well as notes from other current or former DOE officials.
Perry had sharply criticized Trump in 2015, calling his rival's campaign "Cancer Against Conservatism." Even so, Trump has forced him to run the Energy Department-an agency Perry had once promised to close if elected president. Several people close to him said he was wary of being involved in such scandals that eventually ousted former environmental protection director Scott Pruitt and former interior minister Ryan Zinke.
Perry eagerly took the lead in Trump's efforts to revive the fragile coal industry, but his attempt to persuade energy regulators to provide financial support to coal-fired power plants was decisively rejected by the bipartisan Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. He focused on promoting US supplies of coal, oil and natural gas to foreign governments and positioning the US energy supply as a counterbalance to Russian and OPEC exports. However, his earnestness often drew mockery, including his references to American natural gas as "molecules of US liberty."
However, he proved to be a successful promoter of liquefied natural gas exports, who regularly traveled to Poland, the Ukraine, Lithuania and other Eastern European countries to export.
"We will bring our A-Game," he said after a 10-day trip to Eastern Europe in 2018. "We will try to win every contract we can to know we can not." Win every order and we can not deliver every order. However, if we are in the game in a very substantial way, we will help drive competition, which will lower fuel costs.
He has also often advocated the role of fuel in reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the US, although he has been criticized by Democrats and environmentalists for rejecting the scientific data that carbon dioxide was the major factor in climate change in August, he mocked the Democrats for living in a "fantasy world" in their demands for aggressive action to combat climate change.
Zack Colman and Darius Dixon contributed to this report.