Steven Mnuchin is a window into the most corrupt White House in history

If everyone else has their hands in the till, why not him?

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.
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Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is in trouble yet again for trying to get a free ride. It recently came out that back in June, he had requested a government plane to take his wife on their honeymoon in Europe, with the lame justification that he needed secure communications. This was counter to standard government practice — as a former White House ethics counsel explains, you don't need a private plane to have a secure phone or internet connection — and Mnuchin didn't get the request approved.

Still, it's both a blackly amusing story, and a window into an administration that is absolutely suffused with penny-ante corruption. If there's anything that characterizes basic government operation under President Trump, it is constant grifting.

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