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Watchdog Group Claims Mnuchin Used A Government Plane To See Eclipse

Watchdog Group Claims Mnuchin Used A Government Plane To See Eclipse

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) revealed the outing in a Facebook photo showing him standing alongside Mnuchin at Fort Knox "before we viewed the #solareclipse today".

Thousands flocked to Kentucky last week to view the eclipse just outside the path of totality.

A treasury spokeswoman denied any wrongdoing by Mnuchin in a statement to CNBC and noted the couple was reimbursing the government for the cost of Linton's travel, as is typical in similar circumstances.

Treasury officials told The Washington Post that the luncheon was not a cover for seeing the near-total eclipse, and that the luncheon was rescheduled for later in the month because McConnell had delayed the Senate recess.

The image was innocuous, but Linton made the questionable decision to segue from the standard cheerful hashtags to a systematic namedrop of all of the brands in her outfit. Did you think this was a personal trip?!' replied Linton, who recently concluded a Europe-trotting honeymoon with Mnuchin.

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) on Wednesday filed a request under the Freedom of Information Act to obtain "records concerning authorization for and the costs of Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin's use of a government plane to travel to Lexington, Kentucky, on Monday, August 21, accompanied by his wife Louise Linton". So like any two people using government money to get a better view of a celestial event, they went up to the roof, put on their likely-designer eclipse glasses, planted their asses atop the $200 billion USA gold reserve and looked up.

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) cited the eclipse in a letter sent to the Treasury's general counsel Thursday seeking a "detailed explanation" of the travel and justification for use of the government plane. She also tagged designers like Tom Ford and Hermes in one of the two photos.

"Have you given more to the economy than me and my husband?" Adorable!" Linton wrote. "Do you think the U.S. govt paid for our honeymoon or personal travel?! Either as an individual earner in taxes OR in self sacrifice to your country?.

"Just seemed ridiculous and quite frankly offended me as someone who paid for part of their trip", Miller told CNN. "Pretty sure the amount we sacrifice per year is a lot more than you'd be willing to sacrifice if the choice was yours". "It was inappropriate and highly insensitive".

To make matters worse, she harshly responded to her critics in the comments, leading her to deleting the post and making her IG private.


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