Rep. Bill Flores said he is not surprised about Energy Secretary's resignation

WASHINGTON (Gray DC/AP) Rep. Bill Flores (R-TX) said he is not surprised about Energy Secretary Rick Perry's resignation.

Rep. Bill Flores (R-TX) discussed his thoughts on the Energy Secretary's resignation in his office on Capitol Hill on Friday. (Source: GrayDC)

Perry told the President Thursday he intends to leave his job soon. That's according to an administration official who confirmed the news on condition of anonymity. Perry was traveling with the President to Texas when he shared the news aboard Air Force One.

“One of the things that Rick Perry did that I really thought was helpful is he went to almost every national lab and looked at the great work that our country’s researchers and scientists are doing to create a more robust energy supply,” said Flores.

The Texas Congressman praised the state's diverse energy supply. He said the next Energy Secretary should use Texas as an example for the rest of the country.

Perry is under scrutiny over the role he played in the President's dealings with Ukraine, which are currently the subject of an impeachment inquiry.

Perry had disputed reports that he was planning to leave the administration in an interview Wednesday with The Wall Street Journal. But he reportedly left the door open, saying he expected to be at the Energy Department at Thanksgiving, but giving a less definitive answer when asked whether he'd be there through the end of the year.

Perry was Texas' longest serving governor.

Watch the full interview with Rep. Flores above.

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