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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.”

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

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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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WATCH: Nicolle Wallace breaks down ‘the case against William Barr’

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MSNBC anchor Nicolle Wallace on Monday broke down "the case against William Barr" as controversy continues to envelop the Department of Justice.

"Republicans and Democrats who have served in the Justice Department for the past 12 presidents are today calling for William Barr's resignation as our country's attorney general," Wallace reported.

Wallace read from an open letter signed by 2,000 former federal prosecutors and DOJ officials.

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Fox News reports wages rose faster under Obama than Trump after his campaign lashes out at predecessor

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In what was possibly a hint to remind people of his legacy this Monday, former President Barack Obama gave a shout out to the anniversary of his signing of the 2009 economic stimulus package.

“Eleven years ago today, near the bottom of the worst recession in generations, I signed the Recovery Act, paving the way for more than a decade of economic growth and the longest streak of job creation in American history,” Obama tweeted with a photo of his signature on the bill.

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Deputy national security adviser accused by White House officials of being ‘Anonymous’ may be reassigned

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According to a new report from Axios, there's a discussion amongst top Trump officials about reassigning deputy national security adviser Victoria Coates to the Department of Energy from the National Security Council. Coates has been the target of some inside the White House who accuse her of being behind an op-ed in the New York Times -- and later a bestselling book -- which chronicled a resistance movement inside the Trump administration.

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