Watch Republican Senator LOSE IT On Trump's Evasive Treasury Pick (VIDEO)

Watch Republican Senator LOSE IT On Trump’s Evasive Treasury Pick (VIDEO)

Nevada Sen. Dean Heller was one of very few Republicans to dig into President-elect Donald Trump’s Department of the Treasury secretary nominee Steve Mnuchin, Thursday. Heller had had it with Mnuchin and the former hedge fund manager’s entire staff for failing to answer a few key questions regarding the number of foreclosures Mnuchin’s bank, OneWest, had performed in Nevada following the 2008 housing crash, as well as how much money the bank had raked in from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation for doing so. Heller made it clear “no state was hurt harder” than his own state of Nevada. He asked Mnuchin:

“How many Nevadans did OneWest foreclose on while you owned the bank?”

Mnuchin responded:

“I have the information that’s in public reports, but I’m absolutely committed to go back and get that information for you from the bank, so I apologize, I don’t have that with me today, and I do appreciate how hard your state was hit in the foreclosure process.”

Heller was not pleased with Mnuchin’s response, however, cutting in:

“Here’s the reason why I ask these three questions over again, is that this is the seventh time I’ve asked. I asked you when you were in my office, and I had my staff to follow up on it, three times by text, and twice by phone. And we still can’t get the answer to these questions. And I’m not quite sure with two weeks—well, your own comments were that you guys had responded to 5,000 pages. Five thousand pages of questions asked. Why were these three questions not asked if there were 5,000 pages that you answered?”

Mnuchin moved past Heller’s interruption by apologizing for not answering the question, stating that he had not been informed by his staff of Heller’s follow-up questions and that he’d been “responding to a lot of other information.” He did say, however:

“I do recall you asking them in your office, and there’s no excuse they haven’t been answered.”

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Round two of questioning did yield another Mnuchin critic, though: Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio). After Mnuchin apologized to Sen. Heller once again for not being able to answer his questions, claiming to have read his staff “the riot act” in the process, Brown launched into a flurry of quick questions regarding Mnuchin’s bank, OneWest, and its practices of foreclosing on military families, as well as its effort to obstruct “a California investigation into its practices.” Brown asked Mnuchin:

“Is it true that OneWest foreclosed on 60,000 families nationwide and denied three-fourths of mortgage modification applications?”

Mnuchin replied:

“I am not aware of that, I know they’ve objected—”

Brown jumped in:

“Well they did.”

Mnuchin quipped:

“If you know they did, then why are you asking?”

Brown said:

“Because I want to hear it from you.”

He added:

“I’m going to keep interrupting, because we don’t have a lot of time. I’m sorry if you see that as rude, but it’s the people’s business.”

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Mnuchin maintains that he is “proud” of his bank and continues to blame federal regulations for twisting his arm to foreclose on so many homes, in addition to creating conditions where such bad loans could thrive in the first place.

H/T: Business Insider | Featured image by Mark Wilson via Getty News Images

Dylan Hock is a writer, educator, and activist. He serves as a volunteer board member of The James Jackson Museum of African American History.

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