Watchdog requests documents about Mnuchin and wife's Ky. trip timed with eclipse

Watchdog requests documents about Mnuchin and wife's Ky. trip timed with eclipse

The watchdog group Citizens for Ethics and Responsibility in Washington (CREW) has filed a Freedom of Information Act request for records detailing the costs of Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinWeek ahead: Lawmakers eye another short-term spending bill Reagan balanced trade — Trump can, too GOP may increase IRS’s budget MORE's trip to Lexinton, Ky., in a government plane around the time of Monday's eclipse.

Mnuchin's wife, actress Louise Linton, drew attention on social media to the trip, during which the secretary gave remarks alongside Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSessions: 'We should be like Canada' in how we take in immigrants NSA spying program overcomes key Senate hurdle Overnight Finance: Lawmakers see shutdown odds rising | Trump calls for looser rules for bank loans | Consumer bureau moves to revise payday lending rule | Trump warns China on trade deficit MORE (R-Ky.) at a local event.

Linton posted a photo with a description of her designer outfit that included the government plane in the background, which "set off a public firestorm," according to CREW. 

One Instagram user scoffed at the pic, saying "Glad we could pay for your little getaway. #deplorable." 

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"Pretty sure the amount we sacrifice per year is a lot more than you'd be willing to sacrifice if the choice was yours," Linton replied. "You're adorably out of touch."

She later apologized for the comments. 

CREW announced on its website that it was requesting "copies of all records concerning authorization for and the costs" of the Kentucky trip, and any other similar costs for transport in a government plane accrued by Mnuchin since he took office. 

"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," CREW said in the statement.