Politico reported that three sources confirmed the claims, two of whom denied Sec.
Deputy Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette is expected to replace Perry if he leaves, and he has already filled in for Perry at Cabinet meetings in the Perry's absence.
Before joining the Trump administration, Perry served Texas's longest-serving governor from December 2000 to January 2015.
On Tuesday, Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) sent Perry a letter, asking the secretary to disclose the nature of his interactions with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky - who President Trump is accused of asking to assist in investigating Democratic presidential candidate and former vice president Joe Biden.
U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry visits "Mornings With Maria" with Anchor Maria Bartiromo at Fox Business Network Studios on September 24, 2019 in New York City.
As more details between the USA and Ukraine surface during impeachment investigations, lawmakers have begun questioning Perry's travels to Ukraine in May for the inauguration of Volodymyr Zelensky as the country's new democratically-elected leader. "Today is not that day", DOE spokesperson Shaylyn Hynes said. Questions include Perry and Giuliani's conversations and documents in dealings with Ukraine.
He ran unsuccessfully for president in 2012 and 2016.
Perry has been free of ethics investigations that have weighed on other Trump officials, forcing a number of them, such as former Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt, to leave the Republican administration. He has been a frequent visitor to Europe promoting what he calls "freedom gas" or shipments of US liquefied natural gas, to provide Poland, Lithuania and other countries as an alternative to Russian gas.
He also often touted the fuel's role in cutting US greenhouse gas emissions, even though he was criticized by Democrats and environmentalists for rejecting the scientific data showing carbon dioxide was the main factor in driving climate change.