Mnuchin declines to say why Trump pulled Treasury nominee who oversaw Roger Stone case

Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinOn The Money: Deficit spikes 25 percent through January | Mnuchin declines to say why Trump pulled Treasury nominee who oversaw Roger Stone case | Lawmakers trade insults over Trump budget cuts Mnuchin defends Treasury regulations on GOP tax law Mnuchin declines to say why Trump pulled Treasury nominee who oversaw Roger Stone case MORE declined to explain Wednesday why President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden assures supporters the primary is still ‘wide open’ in lengthy phone call: report Warren: We are watching a descent into authoritarianism Collins: Trump ‘angered by impeachment’ MORE pulled the Treasury nomination of a former U.S. attorney who had supervised the prosecution of several of the president’s campaign advisers.

In an appearance before the Senate Finance Committee, Mnuchin refused to say why Trump withdrew the nomination of Jessie Liu to serve as Treasury undersecretary for terrorism and financial crimes Tuesday night. 

The decision came just two days before Liu’s confirmation hearing and shortly after Trump dismissed two government officials who testified during his impeachment before the House.

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“I think you know nominations are at the president’s direction and we don’t comment … as a matter of policy when nominations are withdrawn, which happens for a variety of different reasons at different times,” Mnuchin said under questioning from Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownOn The Money: Deficit spikes 25 percent through January | Mnuchin declines to say why Trump pulled Treasury nominee who oversaw Roger Stone case | Lawmakers trade insults over Trump budget cuts Mnuchin defends Treasury regulations on GOP tax law Mnuchin declines to say why Trump pulled Treasury nominee who oversaw Roger Stone case MORE (D-Ohio)

The secretary added that he learned about Trump’s decision to pull Liu’s nomination two days ago.

Liu, the former U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, oversaw the federal government’s cases against several top Trump campaign aides, including Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneWarren: We are watching a descent into authoritarianism Collins: Trump ‘angered by impeachment’ Hillicon Valley: Facebook suspends misinformation networks targeting US | Lawmakers grill census officials on cybersecurity | Trump signs order to protect GPS | Dem senators propose federal facial recognition moratorium MORE. Four career Department of Justice (DOJ) prosecutors resigned from Stone’s case Tuesday after the department overrode their suggested sentencing recommendation of seven to nine years in prison, telling the judge in the case that Stone should get “far less.”

Trump’s critics accused the president of canceling Liu’s nomination to prevent her from taking questions about the DOJ’s handling of the Stone case under oath during her Thursday confirmation hearing before the Senate Banking Committee.

“I would hope you would give an explanation that’s counter to the one everyone assumes, which is that she’s part of the president’s personal retribution tour,” said Brown, the top Democrat on the Banking panel.

Brown also condemned Trump’s withdrawal of Liu’s nomination and alleged retaliation against impeachment witnesses during a Banking Committee hearing Wednesday morning.

“If we say nothing, it will get worse. His behavior will get worse. The retribution tour will continue. We all know that,” Brown said.

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