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Trump’s Treasury secretary flew on a private jet owned by jailed ‘junk bond’ king lobbying for pardon

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Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin flew on a private jet owned by a billionaire who served two years in prison for securities fraud in the 1990’s.

The New York Times reported Friday that this month, Mnuchin flew from Washington, D.C. to Los Angeles on a jet owned by Michael Milken, a “junk bond” billionaire.

The Treasury Department confirmed to the Times that Mnuchin took the flight, adding that after an internal review the department decided he did not need an ethics waiver.

A Treasury spokesperson added that Milken and the secretary have “known each other for years” and that Mnuchin reimbursed the billionaire — but did not disclose the amount of the reimbursement.

The report noted that Mnuchin and other administration officials have been lobbying President Donald Trump to pardon Milken for the six securities fraud charges he served time for in the early 1990’s.

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“Mr. Milken, who had to pay $600 million in fines, was sentenced to 10 years in prison and released after two years,” the report noted.

The Times added that Mnuchin’s spokesperson said he “did not know if the idea of a pardon for Mr. Milken came up
during the flight,” and that “other presidents have also considered pardoning Mr. Milken, including President Bill Clinton, but none has done so.”

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Trump picks Antonin Scalia’s son to replace disgraced former Labor Secretary: report

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On Thursday, NPR reported that President Donald Trump is naming Eugene Scalia, the son of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, to take over as Secretary of Labor.

Scalia, who served on the court from 1986 to his death in 2016, was known as one of the staunchest conservatives on the bench. His seat was deliberately kept vacant by Republicans for over a year to deny President Barack Obama the ability to make an appointment to it.

The Department of Labor was until this month run by former federal prosecutor Alexander Acosta, who resigned in disgrace amid renewed questions about his role in brokering a potentially illegal sweetheart plea agreement with hedge fund manager and accused child sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein.

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DOJ policy blocking Trump from being indicted ‘factored into’ the end of the Stormy Daniels case: report

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Michael Cohen has already pleaded guilty to the violation of campaign finance law. He said that he carried out the effort in coordination with and at the direction of then-candidate Donald Trump in order to increase his chances of victory in the 2016 presidential election.

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Trump’s Pentagon spokeswoman forced staff to run errands — and even help her adopt a foster child: report

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On Thursday, the Department of Defense Inspector General released a scathing report on ex-Pentagon spokesperson Dana White, the result of an investigation that began last year following ethics complaints from her staff.

The IG concluded that White used federal staffers to help her run personal errands both during and outside of work hours. Officials were forced to book her personal travel, deliver lunch and snacks to her office, act as her chauffeur, handle her dry cleaning, and book a makeup artist to come to her house.

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