Episode 212
Jun 11, 2020

Who got half a trillion in COVID loans? The Trump administration won’t say

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We're going to talk a lot about the shredding of norms on today's show ... if Kai's recording setup can make it through the end of the taping.

The Small Business Administration was supposed to release detailed information about who got hundreds of billions of dollars of taxpayer-backed Paycheck Protection Program loans. But at a hearing yesterday, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said it’s “confidential information.” We’re going to talk a lot about the shredding of norms on today’s show … if Kai’s 6/10 recording setup can make it through the end of the taping.

Here’s a list of some of the stuff we’re talking about today:

Correction (June 12, 2020): A previous version of this page misstated how much in PPP loans could be kept confidential. The headline and text have been corrected.

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The team

Molly Wood Host
Jody Becker Interim Senior Producer
Tony Wagner Digital Producer
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