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During the House's impeachment hearings against President Donald Trump last year, Republicans challenged Democrats to find a law that Trump broke by withholding congressionally approved military aid to Ukraine, pressuring the country's officials to open an investigation into his political rival, former Vice President Joe Biden.

Some House Democrats insisted that Trump violated the Impoundment Control Act, a 1974 law limiting the President's ability to withhold funds already allocated by Congress.

The Government Accountability Office (GAO), the highest audit institution of the U.S. federal government, just took those Democrats' side.

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Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

While serving in Congress, Mick Mulvaney called the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) a "sick sad joke" and drafted legislation to eliminate it. The financial crises during the Obama administration, brought about by Republican-led deregulation of Wall Street and banks during the Bush administration, prompted the creation of the consumer protection watchdog agency.

When President Donald Trump appointed Mulvaney to lead the CFPB, people were shocked. However appointing people who previously vowed to destroy an agency to head that agency has been a hallmark of the Trump administration.

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Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and wife Louise Linton on the USS Gerald R. Ford with President Trump (Photo credit Steve Mnuchin / Twitter)

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has flown on military aircraft seven times since March. These taxpayer funded flights cost more than $800,000. One round trip flight to New York to meet with President Trump at Trump Tower cost more than $15,000.

Treasury secretaries generally take commercial flights because of the exorbitant cost of using military planes. Mr. Mnuchin’s June flight to Miami for a meeting with the Mexican finance minister cost $43,725.50. The approved flight prompted a note to Mr. Mnuchin’s assistant from the Treasury Department’s travel office. They cited a round-trip commercial flight would cost just $688.

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