With­held UCLA video shows Mnuchin heck­ling

Manteca Bulletin - - State/ Dollars & Sense -

LOS AN­GE­LES (AP) — A pre­vi­ously with­held video has been re­leased show­ing the near-con­stant heck­ling of Trea­sury Sec­re­tary Steve Mnuchin dur­ing a mod­er­ated talk about the econ­omy at UCLA.

The univer­sity ini­tially balked at re­leas­ing the video, say­ing that Mnuchin “sub­se­quently with­drew” his agree­ment for it to be posted online.

The video shows au­di­ence mem­bers hiss­ing at Mnuchin through­out the Feb. 26 event in Los An­ge­les. The hiss­ing was so loud the sec­re­tary barely spoke a sen­tence with­out com­ment­ing about it.

Seven min­utes into Mnuchin’s open­ing re­marks, three dif­fer­ent women shouted at him and were ei­ther car­ried or es­corted out of the room by po­lice af­ter they ig­nored warn­ings to stop. They yelled that the U.S. is bul­ly­ing North Korea and crit­i­cized President Trump’s tax leg­is­la­tion.

The de­ci­sion to with­hold the video drew criticism from stu­dents, free speech groups and mem­bers of the news me­dia. Sev­eral or­ga­ni­za­tions, in­clud­ing The As­so­ci­ated Press, filed pub­lic-records re­quests ar­gu­ing for the video to be re­leased.

UCLA agreed to re­lease the video on Fri­day, say­ing in a state­ment only that it had re­ceived Mnuchin’s con­sent to do so.

With­hold­ing the video at Mnuchin’s re­quest and choos­ing to re­lease it only af­ter re­ceiv­ing his con­sent both are prob­lem­atic de­ci­sions, said David Sny­der, ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of the First Amend­ment Coali­tion, one of the groups that ar­gued for the re­lease.

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