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Pelosi slams Mnuchin after classified briefing, claims he 'wasted time' and 'barely testified'


Added 01-10-19 10:29:02pm EST - “House Democrats were visibly frustrated on Thursday after taking one of their first oversight moves as the new majority, charging that? Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin had wasted their time after they summoned him to Capitol Hill.” - Foxnews.com

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House Democrats were visibly frustrated on Thursday after taking one of their first oversight moves as the new majority, charging that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin wasted their time after they summoned him to Capitol Hill for a classified briefing with the Foreign Affairs Committee.

Seven committee chairmen had written to Mnuchin on Tuesday and asked him to explain by the end of the week why the U.S. decided to ease sanctions on three companies linked to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska. Mnuchin told lawmakers in the secretive briefing on Thursday that the Trump administration will keep strict U.S. sanctions on Deripaska and any companies he owns.

Deripaska has emerged as a player in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation over his ties to Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort. Deripaska, a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, signed a $10 million annual contract with Manafort in 2006 and the two maintained a business relationship until at least 2009.

"One of the worst classified briefings we've received from the Trump administration," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters afterward. "The secretary barely testified."

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