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Report: Inspector general launches second investigation into Mnuchin travel habits

Report: Inspector general launches second investigation into Mnuchin travel habits
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CNN is reporting that the Treasury's inspector general has launched a second investigation into Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinMnuchin wants to know how consumer bureau is handling Equifax breach Overnight Finance: Senators near two-year budget deal | Trump would 'love to see a shutdown' over immigration | Dow closes nearly 600 points higher after volatile day | Trade deficit at highest level since 2008 | Pawlenty leaving Wall Street group The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE’s travel habits after learning of inaccurate information provided by the department, but Treasury says that only more information has been requested.

An official told CNNMoney that the Treasury did not provide an accurate account of Mnuchin’s Aug. 15 trip to New York to meet with President Trump, which cost taxpayers an estimated $25,000.

The information provided to the inspector general’s office said that Mnuchin traveled from Andrews Air Force base to Teterboro Airport in New Jersey on a military jet. In fact, the Treasury secretary traveled on a commercial flight from D.C. to New York. ABC reported in September that the secretary had flown commercial to New York.

A Treasury spokesperson denied Wednesday that the inspector general has opened a second review of Mnuchin’s travel, but said it has asked for more documentation about the secretary’s commercial flight to New York. 

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The spokesperson said the agency intends to cooperate with the request “promptly.”

The inspector general launched its first investigation into Mnuchin’s private flights in September. That probe focuses on a flight on a government plane that Mnuchin and his wife took in August to Kentucky that coincided with the solar eclipse.

Several other Trump administration officials are under scrutiny for similar issues. Tom PriceThomas (Tom) Edmunds PriceWhat Trump didn't say in his State of the Union address CDC director bought tobacco stock while in office Overnight Health Care: Senate Dems block 20-week abortion ban | Azar sworn in as HHS chief | Dems demand answers on family planning funds | GOP takes sting out of ObamaCare MORE resigned from his post as Health and Human Services secretary in response to reports about his use of government funds for private flights.

—Updated at 1:20 p.m.