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Mnuchin Spent $1 Million In Taxpayer Money On Military Flights

Mnuchin Spent $1 Million In Taxpayer Money On Military Flights”

"Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has billed taxpayers for the most expensive flight options available at every turn, appearing to never even consider flying commercial as his predecessors did", a press release accompanying the report read separately.

An ethics organization in Washington accused US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Thursday of bilking US tax payers by needlessly traveling on military and non-commercial jets to the tune of $1 million past year.

CREW filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for Mnuchin's flight records following a military jet trip to Fort Knox, KY with his wife, Louise Linton, which coincided with the eclipse.

Existing law dictates that government aircrafts are to be used only for "official purposes", and when there is "no commercial airline or aircraft...reasonably available", reports CREW. Mnuchin used a military aircraft to fly to Parkersburg, West Virginia and Las Vegas, Nevada last August for two days of unspecified "official events" at a cost of $94,100.50.

According to CREW, records show that between the spring and fall of previous year Mnuchin took eight separate trips by military aircraft at a total cost of $1 million.

Watchdog Publishes Docs Detailing Mnuchin's Sky-High Travel Costs

"Secretary Mnuchin is one of a host of cabinet secretaries who collectively have incurred millions of dollars of airfare expenses just during the first year of the Trump administration", the report says.

The report compiled by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, also found that Mnuchin requested a military jet for his European honeymoon after his marriage to Linton last summer. However, he noted a "disconnect" between the Treasury and the White House in terms of the process to justify the trips.

The report goes on to allege that Mnuchin has "abused" his "easy access to military and other non-commercial aircraft for both business travel and what, upon closer inspection, appears to sometimes include personal travel".

Benjamin Brown is a reporter for Fox News.



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