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Perry handed the new Ukrainian president a list of people he recommended as energy advisers. One of the four names was his longtime political backer Michael Bleyzer.
A week later, Bleyzer and his partner Alex Cranberg submitted a bid to drill for oil and gas at a sprawling government-controlled site called Varvynska. They offered millions of dollars less to the Ukrainian government than their only competitor for the drilling rights, but their newly created joint venture, Ukrainian Energy, was awarded the 50-year contract little more than a month after the U.S. energy secretary attended Zelenskiy’s May inauguration.

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Michael Bleyzer

[November 2 2019]
“The Secretary will not partake in a secret star chamber inquisition where agency counsel is forbidden to be present,” spokeswoman Shaylyn Hynes said in a statement, referring to James Richard “Rick” Perry.

“In our conversations dealing with this issue, I never heard the president say the words Biden,” Petry said. “I never heard the word Biden mentioned, not from him, not from staff, not from the EU ambassador [Gordon Sondland], not from [former U.S. special representative for Ukraine] Kurt Volker. Never one time was that said.”

[October 17 2019]
Energy Secretary Rick Perry notified President Donald Trump October 17 2019 that he will soon be leaving the post.

Trump acknowledged Perry’s planned departure while visiting a Louis Vuitton plant in Texas, saying he’d done a “fantastic job.” The president added that a replacement would be announced soon: “We have the man that we’re going — in this case it’s a man that we’re going to be putting in Rick’s place. We’ll be announcing it very shortly.”

[October 7 2019]

VILNIUS (Reuters) – U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry said October 7 2019 he had no plans to resign. “No. I’m here, I’m serving. it’s not today, it’s not tomorrow, it’s not next month,”

President Trump told House Republicans that he made his now infamous phone call to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky at the urging of Energy Secretary Rick Perry — a call Trump claimed he didn’t even want to make.
https://www.axios.com/trump-blamed-rick-perry-call-ukraine-zelensky-8178447a-0374-4ac6-b321-a9454b0565d4.html

Department of Energy Press Secretary Shaylyn Hynes told NBC News late October 5 2019 that “Secretary Perry absolutely supported and encouraged the President to speak to the new President of Ukraine to discuss matters related to their energy security and economic development.”

“He continues to believe that there is significant need for improved regional energy security — which additional options for natural gas supply will provide — and this is exactly why he is heading to Lithuania tonight to meet with nearly two dozen European energy leaders (including Ukraine) on these issues.”

Speaking on the Christian Broadcasting Network on October 6 2019, he denied any impropriety.   “Not once, as God as my witness, not once was a Biden name — not the former vice president, not his son — ever mentioned,” he said. “Corruption was talked about in the country but it was always a relatively vague term of, you know, the oligarchs and this and that and what have you.”

Chairmen of three House committees leading the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump on Friday demanded Vice President Mike Pence turn over documents related to the president’s campaign to pressure Ukraine for political objectives, including records from Energy Secretary Rick Perry and the department he runs.

Reps. Eliot L. Engel, chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee; Adam B. Schiff, chairman of the Intelligence Committee; and Elijah E. Cummings, chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, sent the letter.

They also want Pence to turn over records about a May 23 meeting at the White House involving Trump, Perry, former U.S. special envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker and Gordon Sondland, U.S. ambassador to the European Union.

Sen. Robert Menendez, ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, asked Perry on Tuesday about the trip he led to Ukraine on May 20, when he attended the inauguration of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.

The House investigators demanded files on the Ukraine trip, as well as two others: a July 10 White House meeting with Ukrainian and American officials, including Perry; and a separate meeting in Warsaw, Poland, on or around Sept. 1.

[September 3 2019 in Ukraine inquiry? ]

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the impeachment investigation about Trump asking Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to look into investigating former Vice President and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son Hunter.
The complaint mentioned Perry, who led a small U.S. delegation to Zelenskiy’s inauguration in May, replacing Vice President Mike Pence who had been scheduled to go.
U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry is expected to announce his resignation in November,three people said his expected departure was not related to the Ukraine controversy.

[August 21 2019 pushes nuke data to Saudis ]
https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/davidmack/rick-perry-instagram-hoax-meme

[July 30 2019]

Oversight Committee Democrats say they fear that the administration is allowing the founders of IP3, an energy consulting firm with close ties to former Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, to sell nuclear technology to the Saudis with no non-proliferation safeguards. DOE has approved 37 “Part 810” authorizations for U.S. companies to discuss sale of civil nuclear technology overseas, including seven to Saudi Arabia. Emails indicate IP3 had at least two meetings with Rick Perry; he met with IronBridge, an IP3 subsidiary, three weeks after taking his own oath of office, on March 23, 2017. The collaboration was an effort to avoid forcing the Saudis to sign a so-called Section 123 agreement, a strict non-proliferation accord designed to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons, referred colloquially as the “gold standard.”

https://oversight.house.gov/news/press-releases/multiple-whistleblowers-raise-grave-concerns-with-white-house-efforts-to

[Apeil 17 2019 to Texas? ]
Rick PerryBloomberg News reports that Rick Perry is preparing to leave his post as Energy Secretary.
A department spokesperson says “There is no truth that Secretary Perry is departing the administration any time soon.”

[January 11 2019 George P. Bush, future face of the Texas Republican party? ]

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George Prescott Bush 2016

“George P. Bush ran ahead of Ted Cruz, got more votes and a higher percentage of the vote than Ted Cruz,” He was the first statewide elected official to call for the Tarrant County Republican Party to stop efforts to remove a Muslim vice chairman from his post. Jeb’s son, George P. Bush, was elected Texas land commissioner in 2014. Bush, whose mother is a Mexican immigrant, was touted as a future face of the party who could help diversify it and make inroads with the growing Latino population in Texas.

The current Attorney General Ken Paxton is facing three felony indictments and is widely seen by Texas Republicans as a political liability who adversely affects the party’s image among general election voters.

If Paxton is forced to resign prior to 2022, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott could appoint Bush to fill the vacancy, or, if not, Bush could file to run in the 2022 election.

[  Sen. Dianne Feinstein: Rick Perry deciding on A-bomb “very dangerous”   ]

Rick Perry

U.S. House of Representatives passed the Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act on May 24, approving their funding plan for the military and mapping out some policy priorities.
The bill, known as H.R. 5515, passed the House with bipartisan support in a 351-to-66 vote. The Senate Armed Services Committee voted overwhelmingly, 25-2, to advance the legislation to the Senate floor.

Proposed National Defense Authorization Act for 2019 [ndaa 2019] will allow the Secretary of Energy to pursue development of a low-yield nuclear weapon without first receiving specific authorization from Congress, the matter will be unilaterally decided by Secretary of Energy Rick Perry. The bill would grant the energy secretary new authority to carry out the weapon’s energy development phase, or any subsequent phase, without Congress’ specific approval. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., authored the bill’s language. Sen. Dianne Feinstein alerted colleagues to the Cotton amendment, reading it at the Democratic Caucus lunch meeting.

She has expressed objection to a Cabinet-level secretary being able to initiate the advanced engineering a new nuclear weapon without Congress’ specific approval.

“The amendment, I think, is very dangerous,” she said June 6.   The 1,140-page 2019 National Defense Authorization Act, which still faces months of congressional debate before becoming law,

[March 7   George P Bush clears 50 percent in Texas primary   ]

Bush relied heavily on his support from both Trump and Donald Trump Jr. to clear 50 percent in a race against a field that included former Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson.

[March 3 2018]

[ July 7 2017 Perry economics “pretty simple”]

Rick Perry

Rick Perry gave an ‘economics lesson’ where he got the basic concept of supply and demand completely wrong

‘You put the supply out there and the demand will follow,’ Donald Trump’s Energy Secretary. said.

“I mean, that’s really pretty simple.” Mr Perry said, responding to a question about a shale gas boom,

[Martch 4 Perry confirmed]

Rick and Anita Perry

Rick and Anita Perry

The Senate has confirmed former Texas governor Rick Perry to serve as Energy secretary under President Trump.
The vote was 62-37 on Thursday.
Perry — who once pledged to eliminate the department — has repeatedly promised be an advocate for the agency and to protect the nation’s nuclear stockpile. Perry also has said he’d rely on federal scientists, including those who work on climate change.
Perry has said he’ll work to develop American energy in all forms — from oil, gas and nuclear power to renewable sources such as wind and solar power.

[August 8 2016 President George Prescott Bush]

http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/07/politics/george-p-bush-donald-trump-jeb-bush/#

George P. Bush urges Republicans to back Trump. “The guy probably wasn’t his 10th choice. But he is the nominee we have, and George P. is doing what he needs to do, and I’m sure his father has absolutely no trouble with it.”

sp_bush   Samuel P. Bush

[June 2015 Rick Perry: candidacy for the 2016 Republican nomination for president ]

Hunting lodge of Gov Rick Perry  Texas,  Image is Photoshopped,

Hunting lodge of Gov Rick Perry Texas, Image is Photoshopped

“It was the weakest Republican field in history, and they kicked my butt,” Perry said in a self-deprecating speech at the 2012 Gridiron Club dinner. Rick Perry formally announced his candidacy for the 2016 Republican nomination for president at an event in Addison, Texas, June 4, 2015 Perry, 65, has worked tirelessly to shed his image as a failed presidential candidate. Though he left office on Jan. 20, Perry has unfinished business back home in Austin. He was indicted last year on felony counts of abusing his power as governor by threatening to veto funding for a district attorney unless she resigned because of a drunk-driving arrest. Perry has denounced the case as a political witch hunt, and conservatives have rallied to his cause. Perry served as lieutenant governor of Texas before becoming the 47th governor of the state in 2000, when George W. Bush resigned from the position to assume the presidency.

[August 23 2014 Republican judge, prosecutor got indictment from Grand Jury]

Many reporters in Texas know Perry and are much more familiar with the details in this case, the fact that these are Republicans investigating this and that Perry has a history of hardball politics in forcing people out. This is a much more nuanced story than some in the Beltway understand.” Forrest Wilder, who is covering the story for the Texas Observer, noted in a recent piece that the criminal complaint against Perry filed in June 2013 by Texans for Public Justice was assigned to a Republican judge who then appointed a former prosecutor in the George H.W. Bush administration as special prosecutor.
“There is nothing about this indictment process that suggests partisan bias,” said Wilder. “You had a Republican judge who appointed a special prosecutor who has largely a Republican pedigree who presented testimony from 40 individuals. There were hundreds of documents reviewed and the grand jury decided to indict.”

He also called much of the national coverage “mystifying.”
Mike Norman, editorial director of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, said
“The indictment is not the case and the national analysis is attacking the indictment and they don’t seem to see how this can be anything other than politics,” “If you’re saying that that process which our legal system set up produced only a political result, then you are saying the whole justice system is corrupt and I don’t believe that is the case.”

[August 16 Rick Perry indicted in Austin ]

Rick and Anita Perry

Rick and Anita Perry

A potential 2016 presidential candidate, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, was indicted in Austin on August 15 for improperly withholding money from a state prosecutorial unit because its Democratic district attorney refused to resign after pleading guilty to drunken driving last year.
He faces felony counts of abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public servant. The first charge carries a maximum punishment of five to 99 years in prison, while the second could lead to two to 10 years behind bars

[October 2 2011 Rick Perry’s West Texas ranch lease documents]

Rick Perry's hunting lease

Rick Perry’s hunting lease

The hunting camp was simple in the 1980s, just a cabin with a long table for cleaning fish and deer, a few bunks and a porch set along a riverbank
A second story was added to the old cabin, along with brown wood siding and an outdoor staircase.

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Yearning For Zion Ranch 2008

Yearning For Zion Ranch 2008

Agents from the Texas Department of Public Safety have taken possession of Yearning for Zion (YFZ) Ranch, the FLDS compound, near Eldorado Texas on a court order from a petition from Texas Attorney General in November, 2012 , a 1,600-acre property in West Texas where multiple children were sexually assaulted by members of the FLDS. Online records from the Schleicher County Appraisal District indicate a dozen pieces of property at the ranch’s address that are owned by the trust and total 1,691 acres. Combined, the most recent appraised value of the properties is $33.4 million.
FLDS’s leaders illegally structured financial transactions to evade law enforcement oversight, and describes how Warren Jeffs personally toured the YFZ Ranch before subsequently authorizing its purchase. Based on a thorough financial audit of the FLDS’s bank accounts, the affidavit details how the purchase of the ranch itself and the construction of a massive compound on ranch property were financed with the proceeds of illegal money laundering.

[December 2 2013]
Texas moved a little bit closer to seizing the sprawling, polygamous Yearning for Zion Ranch. During a Nov. 4 hearing in Schleicher County, a pair of lawyers from the Texas Attorney General’s office told a judge they have served Isaac Steed Jeffs and Keith Dutson Sr. with papers relating to the state’s efforts to take the ranch, according to Texas AG’s spokeswoman Lauren Bean.

Officials still need to serve James Jerry Jessop. However, at the Nov. 4 hearing the attorneys told the judge they could not find Jessop and filed a “motion for substitute service.” Bean said the motion is used to serve papers to a person who cannot be located. It offers attorneys other options for serving papers and moving forward with the case, though Bean did not provide details about those options.

The judge granted the motion for substitute service but did not set a new hearing date.

[August 1 2011]
The state continued building its case against Warren Jeffs Monday afternoon, calling Texas Rangers who were involved in the YFZ Ranch raid to establish continuous custody of evidence and a former FLDS member to explain the significance of the documents.

Rebecca Musser, a former FLDS member, testified about the importance of record-keeping in the sect, saying individual members receive an enormous amount of training in religious doctrine. Musser said she was educated in the Alta Academy, a Salt Lake City institute where a generation of FLDS children was indoctrinated. Warren Jeffs taught and acted as principal at the academy from 1976 to 1998.
A DNA expert testified that Warren Jeffs is almost certainly the father of a male child born to the girl he is accused of sexually assaulting in 2005. Amy Smuts, called by the prosecution Monday, said DNA evidence provided 99.99996 percent certainty that the boy is Jeffs’ child. Prosecutors presented the testimony as proof that Jeffs had sex with the girl, who was 15 years old at the time.

Jeffs is charged with two counts of sexual abuse of a child.

The ecclesiastical head of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Days Saints is standing trial before a Tom Green County jury of 10 women and two men after being extradited from Utah in November. The charges are based on evidence seized from the FLDS community in Schleicher County, the YFZ Ranch, in April 2008.

The allegations against Jeffs are that he had sex with a 15-year-old girl in 2005 and a 12-year-old girl in 2006 on the ranch after participating with each of them in “celestial marriages,” a ceremony unique to the FLDS that allows the sect to exercise its polygamous beliefs without running afoul of bigamy statutes.