TapForMobile

Treasury Secretary Mnuchin Apologizes for Plugging His Movie


Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin defended his comments last week promoting the "Lego Batman" movie, which he financed, in a letter to the Office of Government Ethics obtained by NBC News.

Mnuchin was an executive producer on the movie, which is a spinoff of 2014's The Lego Movie.

Be Civil - It's OK to have a difference in opinion but there's no need to be a jerk. "So I just want to have the legal disclosure, you've asked me the question, and I am not promoting any product", he said.

In a letter to the Office of Government Ethics (OGE), Mnuchin explained that when he promoted the movie during an interview with Axios, it was not his "intention to promote" the movie. "I should not have made that statement".

Lego Batman is so far the third-highest grossing film of 2017, having taken in US$171.7 million (S$24.7 million) since opening last month, according to Box Office Mojo.

Asked then about his Hollywood output, Mnuchin said, "Well, I'm not allowed to promote anything that I'm involved in".


Mnuchin's apology comes after Senator Ron Wyden called for an ethics probe of Mnuchin. That's why he prefaced it by saying, "I'm not promoting any product".

Federal ethics rules prohibit executive branch employees from using their position for personal gain or "for the endorsement of any product, service or enterprise, or for the private gain of friends, relatives or persons with whom the employee is affiliated in a nongovernmental capacity".

He added, "I want to reassure you that I will exercise greater caution to avoid any suggestion that I do not take these important rules seriously".

The office's director warned there was "strong reason" to believe Conway violated ethics rules and said "disciplinary action was warranted".

Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, said in February that Conway had been "counseled" about her comments.

Related Articles

  • Rasmus Ristolainen Could Miss A Chunk Of The Buffalo Sabres' Remaining Games

    Rasmus Ristolainen Could Miss A Chunk Of The Buffalo Sabres' Remaining Games

    Two minutes later, Sheary scored when a shot from the left wing off the rush banked in off Buffalo's Zemgus Girgensons . The Pittsburgh Penguins clinched a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs on Tuesday with a 3-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres.

    Pundit suggests West Ham United missed Mark Noble against Leicester City

    Sullivan told the West Ham website , "I think all we can do after Saturday's defeat is say sorry to the supporters. Vardy particularly enjoyed a good assist from Nigeria global Winifred Ndidi who was in action for 90 minutes.
    Ricciardo misses start, exits early at F1 Australian GP

    Ricciardo misses start, exits early at F1 Australian GP

    Mercedes spends $700 million annually, and Red Bull and Ferrari about $400 million to $550 million each year in pursuit of glory, well ahead of the seven other teams.
  • Brit Johanna Konta beats Wozniacki in Miami Open final

    Brit Johanna Konta beats Wozniacki in Miami Open final

    We can not honestly say she looked to have enjoyed this one much better either, at the time but you have to feel for Wozniacki. British 10th seed Konta used an aggressive game plan to overcome Danish 12th seed Wozniacki on the Crandon Park hardcourt.

    Schumer says Democrats will filibuster Trump SCOTUS nominee Gorsuch

    Schumer said Gorsuch favors the "powerful over the weak" and would not check President Trump's agenda. Another, Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, opposes the nomination, a spokesman said.
    Cool Tonight, Mild for Wednesday

    Cool Tonight, Mild for Wednesday

    Cloudy this morning, rain in the afternoon and now the sun has reappeared! Wet weather continues today across New England. Temperatures overnight are expected to be in the low-40s, with rain showers again possible through the night.
  • Oculus cofounder Palmer Luckey is leaving the company

    Oculus cofounder Palmer Luckey is leaving the company

    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has hailed virtual reality as the next major computing platform after mobile devices. His inventive spirit helped kick-start the modern VR revolution and helped build an industry.

    Westminster attacker named, he was not under investigation

    By the time Masood acted this week, he was married with children and was 52 years old, which experts say is highly unusual. He moved around a lot during his 52 years and had recently been living in the West Midlands, in central England.
    Yemenis protest on second anniversary of Saudi intervention

    Yemenis protest on second anniversary of Saudi intervention

    The Saudis also instituted a naval blockade aimed at preventing Iranian weapons from entering Yemen. Sunday will mark two years since the escalation of the current conflict.
  • Authorities 'visit' Credit Suisse European offices

    Authorities 'visit' Credit Suisse European offices

    The raids, carried out in the Netherlands, UK, Germany, Australia and France, followed consultations with national governments. Prosecutors did not identify the bank concerned, but said only one Swiss bank was involved.

    China's Tencent buys 5% stake in Tesla

    The company's net profit margin has achieved the current level of -9.6 percent and possesses 22.8 percent gross margin. The difference between the expected and actual EPS was $-0.26/share, which represents an Earnings surprise of -60.5%.
    Centrist European leaders celebrate Dutch election result

    Centrist European leaders celebrate Dutch election result

    He promptly invited rival party leaders for a meeting in The Hague on a grand coalition that could take months to build. Both France and Germany have elections this year in which far-right candidates and parties hope to win .

Comments