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Taxpayers spent more than $800000 on Treasury Sec. Mnuchin's military flights

Taxpayers spent more than $800000 on Treasury Sec. Mnuchin's military flights

Treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin may have helped to bring unwelcome attention to the travel expenses of Donald Trump's cabinet members with his since-withdrawn request for a government plane to use on his honeymoon with wife Louise Linton, but an official review has found that his expenses since February have been legit-if somewhat expensive.

In a matter of months, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin managed to cost American taxpayers more than $800,000 for travel aboard military aircraft, yet apparently, he broke no laws, an official government inquiry found.

"I see no violation of law in these requests and uses", Delmar wrote.

"The requested records would shed light on the justification for Secretary Mnuchin's use of a government plane, rather than a commercial flight, for a trip that seems to have been planned around the solar eclipse and to enable the Secretary to secure a viewpoint in the path of the eclipse's totality", according to a statement.

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Mnuchin used government planes for travel overseas and within the United States. Health and Human Servivces Secretary Tom Price resigned last week after questions were raised about his use of private jets for multiple government trips.

Mnuchin is one of five members of Trump's Cabinet whose travel on military or private charter flights has come under scrutiny from the public and lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

Delmar added that the Office of Management and Budget last week issued a new memo calling for more rigorous justifications for non-commercial air travel and urged the Treasury Department to "be ready to justify government air in greater detail, especially regarding cost comparisons and needs for security and other special factors".

The review opens a window on a cost of government business that, while justified in Mnuchin's case because of his need for secure communications aboard planes, is nonetheless pricey. The agency said it would incorporate "enhancements" the report calls for in future travel requests.

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"To be considered a White House support mission (and thus qualify for a plane) the president must have specifically directed that the travel occur", the Treasury report said. The inspector general's office found that there was no evidence to suggest Mnuchin planned the trip around the solar eclipse.

In nearly all cases, a single boilerplate statement was the only case made for use of the aircraft, Delmar said.

In another case, Mnuchin cost taxpayers $43,725.50 to fly to Miami for a meeting with the Mexican finance minister, the Times reported.

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