Energy Secretary Rick Perry has now been pulled into the House Democrats' impeachment probe against President Donald Trump, as committee chairs subpoenaed Perry asking for a slew of documents Thursday.
The subpoena requests that Perry provide the documents by October 18.
On Monday, Perry said that he "absolutely" asked Trump "multiple times" to call the Ukrainian President, but about energy - not the Bidens - and said he is not leaving his role in the administration.
Shaylyn Hynes, a spokeswoman for Perry, has said he wanted Trump to speak with the Ukrainian leader on energy matters related to USA efforts to boost Western energy ties to Eastern Europe.
"The Department of Energy (DOE) is aware of the House Committees' letter to Secretary Perry and it is now under review by DOE's Office of General Counsel", DOE spokeswoman Shaylyn Hynes was quoted as saying by Politico.
The Associated Press reported this week that a circle of businessmen and Republican donors touted their connections to Trump and his personal lawyer, Giuliani, as they sought to install new management at the top of Ukraine's state-owned gas company last spring. Perry has denied wrongdoing. "No, there wasn't", he said Thursday in comments to the Kyiv Post.
The Biden investigation, which Trump has said he requested because of corruption rather than political concerns, is part of the reason that brought the president into the impeachment inquiry, and Giuliani under a congressional subpoena. "It's a very bad situation for our country". It is just the latest in a series of subpoenas issued by House Democrats to administration officials and others as they investigate Trump's contacts with Ukraine in the wake of a whistleblower complaint alleging that President Donald Trump pressured the Ukrainian President to solicit interference in the 2020 election by urging him to investigate Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden's family.
Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman were arrested Wednesday while trying to board an worldwide flight with one-way tickets at Dulles global Airport in Virginia, according to Geoffrey Berman, the US attorney in Manhattan.