(Reuters) – U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry said on Friday the controversy over the Trump administration’s handling of Ukraine had nothing to do with his resignation, adding he did not know whether he would cooperate with House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry.

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry speaks during a news conference after the Partnership for Transatlantic Energy Cooperation conference in Vilnius, Lithuania October 7, 2019. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins

Perry’s departure was announced by U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday. He has found himself engulfed in Congress’ impeachment investigation into whether the Republican president improperly withheld nearly $400 million in military aid for Ukraine in exchange for Kiev investigating his Democratic political rivals.

“It has absolutely nothing to do with Ukraine,” Perry said of his planned departure in a Fox News interview, adding he was looking to return to Texas for “the next adventure in life.”

Last week, the three Democratic-led U.S….

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U.S. energy chief says departure has ‘absolutely nothing’ to do with Ukraine
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