DRINK UP

Trump's Federal Finance Regulators Expensed $2,500 for Booze: Report

Trump’s federal financial regulators racked up tens of thousands in sketchy expenses, such as $11,000 each on two plane tickets to Vienna, as well as $2,500 on booze and $450 on a seafood dinner, according to The Washington Post. J. Mark McWatters, who heads the National Credit Union Administration, and agency chief of staff Sarah Vega, racked up this alcohol tab in 2016 and 2017, “despite a written policy prohibiting reimbursement for the purchase of alcohol.” One example of the top-shelf liquor expenses includes a $45 serving of 18-year-old, single malt scotch, per The Post. These expense reports surfaced after an anonymous whistleblower told administration’s inspector general, spurring a lengthy investigation in 2017 and 2018, reported the newspaper, citing information from public records requests and “investigative reports.” While McWatters and Vega’s spending seems outlandish, both the agency’s probe and officials there said it was likely allowed under agency rules.