Pelosi Calls Mnuchin Testimony On Sanctions ‘One Of The Worst’ From Trump Admin

Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin testifies during a House Committee on Ways and Means hearing on President Donald Trump's fiscal year 2018 budget proposals for the Department of Treasury, Wednesday, May 24, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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After Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s testimony before lawmakers about his decision to ease sanctions on a Vladimir Putin-linked Russian oligarch, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) called the classified briefing “one of the worst” they’d received from the Trump administration thus far.

“One of the worst classified briefings we’ve received from the Trump administration,” Pelosi said, according to Politico. “The secretary barely testified. … (officials) spent most of the time reading an unclassified document … wasting the time of the members of Congress.”

House Democrats called Mnuchin in to testify to better understand decision to ease sanctions on corporations partially owned by Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, one of several Putin allies the U.S. sanctioned last year over Russian interference in the 2016 election.

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