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Mnuchin's military aircraft use violated no laws, Treasury watchdog says

Mnuchin's military aircraft use violated no laws, Treasury watchdog says

10/06/2017

By Kate Davidson

Inspector general says Treasury secretary gave insufficient justification for military jet use

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin's requests for and use of military aircraft for official travel violated no laws, a department internal watchdog has found.

The Treasury's inspector general also found the department offered insufficiently "rigorous and complete" justification for why Mnuchin needed a military plane, and recommended the agency be ready to justify its requests in greater detail in the future.

A spokeswoman for the Treasury Department said the department would "incorporate fully" the inspector general's suggestions for "enhancements" to the approval process for military air travel.

Treasury made nine requests to the White House for government jets to fly the secretary to meetings around the world, including one trip scheduled for later this month to several countries in the Middle East, according to a memo from Richard Delmar, counsel at the Treasury Inspector General's office. One of the requests, for Mr. Mnuchin to use a government jet on his European honeymoon this summer, was later withdrawn, the IG report noted.

An expanded version of this story is available at WSJ.com (https://www.wsj.com/articles/treasury-watchdog-mnuchins-aircraft-use-violated-no-laws-1507235768)

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