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Trump announces departure of Energy Secretary Rick Perry
[FORT WORTH] Donald Trump said on Thursday Energy Secretary Rick Perry, who has been caught up the impeachment probe engulfing the US president, was standing down, marking the latest departure of a senior figure from the administration.
"Rick has done a fantastic job at Energy but it was time - three years is a long time," Mr Trump said, speaking in Texas. "We already have his replacement."
The announcement came a day after the publication of an interview in which Mr Perry said that - on Mr Trump's orders - he had communicated with the president's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani over alleged corruption in Ukraine.