In an interview on Friday, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin made a joke about everyone sending their kids to go and see LEGO Batman, a movie that he helped produce. So now Senator Ron Wyden, a Democrat from Oregon, is calling for the Office of Government Ethics to investigate Mnuchin for violating ethics rules. It's almost as if the Democrats never want to win the White House ever again.
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When a 5m tall wooden sculpture was installed in the FBI's Miami field office in 2015, the US government thought it was getting a great deal. The General Services Administration (GSA) commissioned the work and estimated that it was "likely worth more than the $750,000 the government paid." But it's currently sitting in storage in Maryland. Why? The sculpture got over a dozen FBI agents seriously sick.
The General Services Administration (GSA) oversees the management of US federal property, including Washington DC's historic Post Office Pavilion. That building is currently being leased to Donald Trump for his new hotel. And as the Washington Post points out, it "presents unprecedented and intolerable conflicts of interest". But the GSA insists that it doesn't have any reports on that potential conflict of interest. Which I find surprising, to say the least.