Did Mnuchin and his awful wife use a government plane to get a better view of the solar eclipse?
On Monday, Louise Linton — the wife of “Entourage” movie producer-cum-Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin — showed the world she was a truly terrible person when she poor-shamed a 45-year-old mother of three from Oregon for not being as fabulous as she thinks she is. While that was the major headline to come out of that day, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) — a nonprofit that investigates governmental abuse of power — thinks there was something even more suspicious happening here: that the reason Mnuchin used a government plane to travel to Kentucky with his awful spouse in tow on that exact day in the first place was so that the couple could get a prime view of the solar eclipse.
— Citizens for Ethics (@CREWcrew) August 23, 2017
On Wednesday, citing the Freedom of Information Act, CREW submitted an expedited request for copies of all records regarding authorizations and costs relating to the Mnuchins’ #daytrip plus any additional records concerning Mnuchin’s use of a government plane since his appointment as Treasury Secretary in February. As the group wrote in its request:
On August 21, 2017, Secretary Mnuchin and his wife Louise Linton travelled to Lexington, Kentucky, purportedly for the Secretary to present remarks along with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell at a luncheon sponsored by the Louisville chamber of commerce, Greater Louisville Inc. Afterward, Secretary Mnuchin and his wife “headed to Fort Know … to tour the bullion reserve at the Army post and view the eclipse.”
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. At a time of expected deep cuts to the federal budget, the taxpayers have a significant interest in learning the extent to which Secretary Mnuchin has used government planes for travel in lieu of commercial planes, and the justification for that use.
If only Linton had taken a cue from the president and looked directly into the sun, perhaps this whole mess could have been avoided. Then again, she had her #tomford sunnies to protect her peepers. A word of advice to these clearly well-suited newlyweds: If you’re going to be an asshole, don’t brag about it! And don’t take pictures — then post them to Instagram.