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We are going to turn now to currently serving government officials including a few trump cabinet secretaries who are under scrutiny for their travel habits. One congressman is looking into what’s being spent on private flights. Gio Benitez is here with the latest. Great to have you in the studio. Reporter: We’re talking about expensive private planes. The flights are costing tens of thousands of dollars but spokes people for some of the secretaries say they’re necessary. Still, some members of congress aren’t buying it. This morning treasury secretary Steve mnuchin is under investigation for trips on costly jets with American taxpayers footing the bill. Mnuchin’s flight on a U.S. Airforce c-37 costing taxpayers at least $25,000. That ride from New York to Washington D.C. Less than an hour. That rate on a commercial plane, 210 bucks. It happened after the president’s controversial press conference in charlottesville. I think there’s blame on both sides. Reporter: Mnuchin’s travels had already taken center stage after he and his wife took a military jet to Kentucky last month, some questioning if the business trip was really used to watch the solar ellipse. Also under review, why he requested a government jet for his honeymoon, ultimately withdrawing that request, saying it was just one of the things they explored to ensure security communication communication. Mnuchin is now one of at least three trump cabinet secretaries under the microscope for their travels. Investigators this morning are also looking at secretary Tom price who just last week reportedly chartered five flights on private planes. Politico reporting the health secretary flew a total of 24 private flights since early may, racking up more than $300,000 in taxpayer bills. It’s just not right. It’s just not right. Reporter: Congressional Democrats are sounding off. I don’t think he really has a justification, and he’s taken dozens of charter flights claiming they’re an emergency, but basically they’re for his own convenience. Reporter: Secretary price’s office saying in a statement, commercial travel is not always feasible. Secretary price will continue meeting with the American people outside of the beltway to hear their concerns and ensure HHS makes decisions that best provide for their needs. And meanwhile, mnuchin denies any wrongdoing and says that the Kentucky trip was official business, not to see the…

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