Being demolished in the 2016 election and subsequently removed from power has left one Democrat so bored that he apparently has nothing better to do than demand an investigation into Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin over what could be the biggest nothing burger in U.S. history.
While speaking at an event last week hosted by the news website Axios, Mnuchin was specifically asked to offer a movie recommendation to the audience, according to Reuters. In response, the Treasury secretary plugged the film “Lego Batman.”
“I’m not allowed to promote anything that I’m involved in,” he replied. “So I just want to have the legal disclosure, you’ve asked me the question, and I am not promoting any product. But you should send all your kids to ‘Lego Batman.’”
While the quip reportedly draw laughter from the crowd, it inspired a furious response from Democrat Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon, who was apparently so perturbed by Mnuchin’s connection to the film — a company the Treasury secretary owns some stock in reportedly helped produce it — that he submitted a letter to the Office of Government Ethics demanding an investigation.
“I am concerned that despite his ‘legal disclosure,’ these comments may constitute a violation of Secretary Mnuchin’s Jan. 10, 2017, ethics agreements,” the clearly bored senator wrote in the letter, highlighting a promise by the Treasury secretary that he would avoid any actions that might benefit those companies in which he had holdings.
To be clear, it was not as if “Lego Batman” needed the publicity. As of late March, it had already accrued over $293 million in global earnings, according to Box Office Mojo.
Plus, as was made clear in a statement released by the Treasury Department after Wyden submitted his letter, “(T)he secretary clearly recognized that he generally may not promote private interests and specifically gave the legal disclosure that he was not promoting a movie, but answering a question he was asked directly.”
Since President Donald Trump took office, Democrats have been twisting themselves into knots trying to create controversies where none really exist. But what Wyden is trying to do here is punish Mnuchin for answering a direct question.
Either this Democrat legislator has lost his marbles, or he’s just really, really, really bored. (Or both. It could very well be both. — Ed. note)
Dear Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell: Please give this man something to do — perhaps crayons so he can color some pictures in his congressional safe space.
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