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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 MnuchinCongress raises pressure on Saudi Arabia On The Money: Trump to seek new round of tax cuts after midterms | Mnuchin meets with Saudi crown prince | Trump threatens to cut foreign aid over caravan Trump admin to make Iran oil waivers harder to get 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 McConnellElection Countdown: Takeaways from heated Florida governor's debate | DNC chief pushes back on 'blue wave' talk | Manchin faces progressive backlash | Trump heads to Houston rally | Obama in Las Vegas | Signs of huge midterm turnout Sanders: Democrats ‘absolutely’ have chance to win back rural America  Trump privately ready to blame Ryan and McConnell if Republicans lose midterms: report 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.