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‘An absolute lie’: Ex-DOJ official blasts Mnuchin’s claim he needed a honeymoon plane for ‘national security’

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A former official from the Department of Justice has slammed Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin’s claim that his staff requested a government plane for his honeymoon in the interest of “national security.”

“At the time, my staff wanted to make sure that I constantly had access to secure communication and secure information,” Mnuchin said. That desire led them to put in a request for a government aircraft that would double as “portable office” during his European honeymoon with Scottish actress Louise Linton earlier this summer.

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Shortly after Politico published the video on Twitter, Matthew Miller, who served as Director of the Office of Public Affairs for the Justice Department under President Barack Obama, smacked down the excuse.

“This is an absolute lie,” Miller tweeted, adding that treasury secretaries are “not on the list” of government officials that require government planes. That list, Miller wrote, includes secretaries of the Department of Defense, the attorney general, the FBI director, and others.

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In the interview, Mnuchin said news of his request to use a government jet for his honeymoon was “quite misreported,” and that he wanted to “set the record straight.”

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“The government has never paid for any of my personal travel,” Mnuchin told Politico.

Earlier today, news broke that the inspector general of the Treasury Department is investigating Mnuchin’s request for a government plane for his honeymoon. The scandal came just weeks after Mnuchin came under scrutiny for using a government plane to watch the solar eclipse from Fort Knox, which led to another Treasury inspector general investigation and an ethics lawsuit.

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‘He’s cooked’: Sam Donaldson warns Trump the Senate may vote to convict him after impeachment trial

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Veteran newsman Sam Donaldson on Monday evening told CNN viewers not to assume that Senate Republicans would refuse to remove President Donald Trump from office during an impeachment vote.

"Breaking news," CNN Don Lemon alerted. "A CNN source saying that the effort to pressure Ukraine for political help alarmed John Bolton so much that the told an aide to alert White House lawyers that Giuliani was a hand grenade who will blow everyone up. And a source familiar with Fiona Hill’s testimony says the former Russia adviser told lawmakers she was she saw wrongdoing in the Ukraine policy and reported it."

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Rudy Giuliani admits ‘Fraud Guarantee’ paid him $500,000 to work for indicted associate

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Rudy Giuliani admitted being paid a half a million dollars by an associate currently being held in federal custody, Reuters reported Monday.

"President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, was paid $500,000 for work he did for a company co-founded by the Ukrainian-American businessman arrested last week on campaign finance charges, Giuliani told Reuters on Monday. The businessman, Lev Parnas, is a close associate of Giuliani and was involved in his effort to investigate Trump’s political rival, former Vice President Joe Biden, who is a leading contender for the 2020 Democratic Party nomination," Reuters reported.

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John Bolton ripped Rudy Giuliani as a drug dealer and ‘hand grenade’: report

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Then-National Security Advisor John Bolton was reportedly shocked by the shadow foreign policy being conducted by Rudy Giuliani, a top former National Security Council official testified to Congress on Monday, The New York Times reports.

"The effort to pressure Ukraine for political help provoked a heated confrontation inside the White House last summer that so alarmed John R. Bolton, then the national security adviser, that he told an aide to alert White House lawyers, House investigators were told on Monday," the newspaper reported. "Mr. Bolton got into a sharp exchange on July 10 with Gordon D. Sondland, the Trump donor turned ambassador to the European Union, who was working with Rudolph W. Giuliani, the president’s personal lawyer, to press Ukraine to investigate Democrats, according to testimony provided to the investigators."

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