Attorney General Bill Barr isn’t the only one on Capitol Hill being berated by congress this week.
Also being badgered by the political ruling class is Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin. The impetus for his arguments with Representative Maxine Waters this week stemmed from the democrats’ request for six years of President Trump’s tax returns – a legal maneuver that they would likely use to embarrass and delegitimize Trump’s current fiscal persona.
Mnuchin has admitted that the Trump legal team contacted the Treasury Department in anticipation of that request, but that he himself had no intimate knowledge of the content of those conversations.
Then, as Mnuchin attempted to skip out on the remainder of the hearing, Maxine Waters let him have it.
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“If you’d wish to keep me here so I don’t have my important meeting, and continue to grill me, then we can do that. I will cancel my meeting and I will not be back here,” Mnuchin told the California Democrat at Tuesday’s faceoff. “I will be very clear, if that’s the way you’d like to have this relationship.”
At the hearing, Democrats questioned him about when he will respond to requests for access to President Donald Trump’s tax returns. As the testimony ran past three hours, Mnuchin asked to leave to attend a meeting with a foreign dignitary and clashed with Waters. She repeated that he was free to leave and fired back when Mnuchin said she should dismiss the meeting and “take the gavel and bang it.”
“Please do not instruct me as to how I am to conduct this committee,” Waters said.
The argument continued as the two argued over petty procedural rules in an attempt to downgrade the other’s public image on live television.
Waters and Mnuchin did agree, however, that they would both prefer Mnuchin to not be back in front of Congress anytime soon.
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