With at least one crucial vote on the White House’s tax reform plan looming later this week, and Special Counsel Robert Mueller reportedly preparing to indict former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and possibly his son as well, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin defended the administration’s approach to both issues during an appearance on CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday, saying that, while nobody in the administration is denying that Russia tried to interfere in last year’s election, few believe Russian intelligence was successful in swaying the outcome of the vote.
“The president has said he believes in the intelligence and also believes that Putin believes what he said, but it’s really time to move on off this issue. The president was focused on very important issues like North Korea and Syria where we have to get along with and have common goals with - Russia."
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“I’ve seen information I’m not going to comment on any of the confidential information I’ve seen....but let me be clear, nobody thinks this had any impact on the election. Whatever occurred, there was no impact, and I think the American public is ready to move on to more important issues...like tax reform and foreign policy and national security."
Mnuchin, who is in charge of implementing US sanctions against Russia that were passed over the summer despite the White House’s objection that they would hamper efforts to cooperate on combating terrorism, said the administration isn’t pulling any punches when it comes to enforcing them.
“First let me just say that we are absolutely carrying out the...
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