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

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After Mnuchin's office put the request in writing, someone realized this was unnecessary, people with knowledge of the situation said, but it still triggered an "inquiry" by the Treasury Department's Office of Inspector General.

A spokesman for the treasury told ABC that Mnuchin, 54, a former Goldman Sachs banker, sought the military jet to ensure he had a secure line of communication but aborted the request after it became clear there were other ways to maintain contact.

A government investigator is looking into whether Mnuchin used the trip to get a better view of the solar eclipse with Linton. In an interview with CNBC, Mnuchin also said the administration would "absolutely" consider making tax cuts retroactive to the start of this year if overhaul legislation didn't pass until 2018.

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The Trump administration is targeting an effective tax-rate hike on hedge funds and some accounting firms as part of a broader overhaul of the United States tax system, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said Tuesday at an industry conference. Officials told the outlet that the unusual request could have cost about $25,000 an hour.

The Treasury Department is reviewing the flight to determine whether any ethical violations were made, The New York Times reported. Trump's top economic adviser, Gary Cohn, and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin met with McConnell, R-Ky., and budget panel members.

Noah Bookbinder, executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), a Washington, DC-based ethics watchdog, was critical of Mnuchin's request.

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Mnuchin managed to infuriate several members in a closed-door meeting with House Republicans late last week when he asked them to support a three-month spending plan and debt ceiling increase "for me", essentially as a favor. Louise Linton, at the time, mocked the idea that the government "paid for our honeymoon".

Linton even went so far as to say, "Do you think this was a personal trip?" After catching flak for her tone-death post, Linton dug her designer heels in further, berating a woman who called her out.

The irony in all of this is that Linton berated someone on Instagram for suggesting that she and her husband were abusing their privileges by getting the government, and thus the taxpayers, to foot the bill for their personal travel. Adorable! Do you think the U.S. govt paid for our honeymoon or personal travel?

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