On Aug. 28-29, the military plane was employed at a cost of $94,100.50, with no apparent indication that a cheaper FAA aircraft was sought, according to CREW.
In other trips, the cost differences were smaller. In requesting the military aircraft for a one-day trip to Ottawa, Canada, on June 9, 2017, Mnuchin’s team paid about $900 more than an FAA craft. CREW alleged that the requested list of 20 passengers included Mnuchin’s then-fiancée Louise Linton, and six members of the media. In other circumstances, passengers without security clearances were specifically left off the manifests.
“Secretary Mnuchin’s 2017 official travel totaled $1.2 million, substantially less than the $2.8 million his predecessor in the Obama administration averaged annually," said Treasury spokesperson Tony Sayegh.
"Both figures represent the cost to the government for commercial and government air travel, train travel, hotels, vehicles and other costs for the Secretaries and their security and traveling staff,” he added.
A spokesperson pointed to a section of the CREW report that noted Mnuchin's requests "bear a remarkable similarity" to the requests submitted by secretaries in the Obama administration.
The Treasury spokesperson also noted that its inspector general concluded that Mnuchin hadn’t broken any laws. The inspector general also found that there was a “disconnect” between the required standard of proof for justifying such requests and the actual proof provided.