The report, compiled by the nonpartisan ethics watchdog Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), relies on documents that show that Mnuchin used military jets for at least seven separate trips last year, which cost taxpayers almost $1 million. Those trips would have cost less than $25,000 in total on commercial flights, according to analysis from the New York Times.
“The public still has no reasonable explanation for why Secretary Mnuchin apparently has never used commercial aircraft while his predecessors did, or why he needs military aircraft that can accommodate 120 passengers when his travel manifests contain far fewer names,” CREW attorney Anne Weismann said in a statement.
An investigation by the Treasury Department’s Office of Inspector General concluded in October that Mnuchin had not violated any laws but did note a “disconnect between the standard of proof” required to use military jets for travel “and the actual amount of proof provided by Treasury and accepted by the White House in justifying these trip requests.”
Old news, but still worth thinking about