Trump's Treasury Secretary asked to use a government plane for his honeymoon

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When asked if there was a review of the request, an official with the Treasury Department's Inspector General, which investigates allegations of wrongdoing within the agency, told CNN Wednesday "We are looking at all requests and uses of government aircraft".

Last month, watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) requested government records regarding the finances and goal of Mnuchin's trip to Lexington, Ky. during the total solar eclipse.

The request was later deemed to be unnecessary, a Treasury Department spokesman said.

The request was ultimately rescinded after they realized the incredibly obvious fact that there are plenty of other ways to make sure Mnuchin has access to secure communications that don't involve commandeering military aircraft.

This news comes on the heels of a related controversy in which Mnuchin and his wife flew on a government plane to Kentucky on the day of the solar eclipse. The "Moochin' Mnuchins" were a hot topic on social media on Thursday, as commenters reviewed the pair's outrages, the latest dubbed the "Love Jet". Linton posted a photo to Instagram after the trip in which she promoted the high-end designer brands she wore while disembarking the government plane.

Senator Ron Wyden, a Democrat who sits on the Senate Finance Committee, told ABC News: "You don't need a giant rule book of government requirements to just say yourself "This is common sense, it's wrong".

Mnuchin's trip to Kentucky included a stop at a chamber luncheon in Louisville and Fort Knox, where he, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and others watched the August 21 eclipse.


A Republican close to the tax-reform effort said Mnuchin has had several similar awkward moments during private meetings on tax reform.

Mnuchin's wife, actress Louise Linton, sparked a public furor after that trip when she chided a woman on Instagram who had accused Linton of flashing her wealth while traveling to a poor part of the country.

Twice is not necessarily a pattern of behavior, but the fact that Mnuchin has been accused of misusing government jets - which are extremely expensive and paid for by taxes - does not look good.

A Treasury spokesperson defended the requests as needful for secured communications.

Mnuchin added that services firms, especially accounting companies, will no longer have the benefits of a pass-through rate, and will also have to pay a higher income tax rate. "Did you think the USA govt paid for our honeymoon or personal travel?!" The commenter, OR resident Jennifer Miller, wrote an op-ed for CNN saying Linton was the one who is out of touch.

This is the second time in two months that Mnuchin's travel has come under scrutiny.

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