Mnuchin Tells Congress ‘Trust’ Trump On Russia, Same Day ‘NYT’ Reveals FBI Suspected Trump To Be Russian Agent

Steve Mnuchin

In what House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called “one of the worst classified briefings we’ve received from the Trump administration,” according to Politico, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin attempted to assure lawmakers from both parties on Friday that there was nothing fishy about the administration’s decision last month to lift sanctions on companies controlled by Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska. Deripaska is a top person of interest to Special Counsel Robert Mueller in his investigation of Russian efforts to tilt the 2016 presidential election in favor of Donald Trump.

Though Mnuchin testified behind closed doors, some details of his testimony — described by Pelosi as “a waste of time” — were quickly revealed. Mnuchin insisted that congress should simply “trust” Trump on such Russia-related matters, after the sudden removal of the Deripaska sanctions, according to Reuters. The move came just eight months after the sanctions had been imposed by the Treasury Department and Mnuchin himself.

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