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Mnuchin Pledges Recusal If Wife's Film Company Poses Conflicts

  • Ethics office faults Mnuchin for having a stake in company
  • Secretary divested his interest to then-fiancee Louise Linton
Steven Mnuchin 

Steven Mnuchin 

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U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s pledge to recuse himself from matters involving his wife’s film production company passed muster with the top federal ethics watchdog, though it declined to certify his financial disclosure.

Mnuchin agreed to recuse himself from matters involving Stormchaser Partners LLC, a film production company that Louise Linton started in 2012. Mnuchin, who held a stake in the company worth at least $1 million when he was nominated to be Treasury secretary, had agreed to divest his interest within 90 days of his confirmation, according to his original ethics agreement.