WASHINGTON— Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), Vice Chair of the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee, issued the following statement following news reports that Monica Crowley spread conspiracy theories and racist comments about former President Barack Obama. Crowley is the Assistant Treasury Secretary for Public Affairs.

“While my Democratic colleagues and I already had major misgivings about Ms. Crowley’s appointment last week, today’s reports are cause for even greater concern. Treasury should immediately investigate the reports and fire Ms. Crowley if they are found to be true.”

“These reports are especially outrageous after President Trump made racist remarks about four of my congressional colleagues. I hope Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin stands up to his boss and shows that racist behavior has no place in his Department—or the United States of America, for that matter.”

Congresswoman Maloney is Vice Chair of the Joint Economic Committee and a senior member of both the House Financial Services Committee (where she serves as Chair of the Subcommittee on Capital Markets) and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

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