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USTreasury Inspector General to probe delay of Harriet Tubman $20 bill

07:30  25 june  2019
07:30  25 june  2019 Source:   abcnews.go.com

"Racism and Misogyny": Rep. Ayanna Pressley Blasts Steve Mnuchin for Postponing Tubman's Placement on $20 Bill

"Secretary Mnuchin has allowed Trump's racism and misogyny to prevent him from carrying out the will of the people," she said.

In a letter to the Treasury Department's inspector general , Schumer asked officials to look into why the department Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin told Congress in May that efforts to put Tubman on the $ 20 bill are being delayed until 2028 because of security concerns such as counterfeiting.

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D -N. Y ., asked the inspector general of the Treasury Department on Wednesday to open an investigation into the Trump administration decision not to release new $ 20 bills with Harriet Tubman ’s portrait next year as planned.

Treasury Inspector General to probe delay of Harriet Tubman $20 bill© Library Of Congress via Getty Images Portrait of Harriet Tubman, taken by Powelson Photographer at 77 Genessee St., Auburn. N.Y. in 1868.

After receiving a request from Democratic Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., the Treasury Department has agreed to look into why the redesign of the $20 bill, featuring former slave and abolitionist Harriet Tubman will not be released in 2020.

The redesigned note was originally scheduled for release next year as part of an Obama-era initiative, but at a congressional hearing in May, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced that the bill would not be released until after President Donald Trump leaves office.

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It's been more than a year since Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin last publicly answered questions about the Harriet Tubman $ 20 bill .

Wants Investigation Into Treasury Department’s Delay Of Harriet Tubman $ 20 Bill . who wants an investigation into the delay of the $ 20 bill that replaces Andrew Jackson with Harriet Tubman . Schumer also asked the inspector general to “review the involvement of other participants in the

Mnuchin made the case for the delay during a hearing last month, stating that it was necessary to accommodate anti-counterfeiting measures. He has not offered his opinion on the bill redesign.

(MORE: Lawmakers renew call to put Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill)Treasury Inspector General to probe delay of Harriet Tubman $20 bill© Universal Images Group via Getty Shown is a portrait of Harriet Tubman circa 1885.

Last week, Schumer asked the Treasury Department's inspector general to probe the Trump administration's decision to push back the production of the new bill, speculating that political considerations might have influenced the decision to delay the release. Schumer's letter referenced comments made by Trump in 2016 when he said the endeavor to remove President Andrew Jackson from the front of the $20 bill was "pure political correctness."

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WASHINGTON — President Trump has tried to undo as many Obama-era policies as possible during his first 500 days in office, but his administration has remained curiously circumspect when it comes to one of his predecessor’s initiatives: putting Harriet Tubman on the $ 20 bill .

| Concept art of Harriet Tubman on the $ 20 bill . In April 2016, in a decision seen as a cultural victory for women and African Americans, former Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew announced plans to replace President Andrew Jackson, who was a slave owner, with Tubman on the front of the $ 20 bill .

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The Treasury Department's acting inspector general, Rich Delmar, wrote back in a letter to Schumer -- released Monday -- that the department has agreed to "investigate the circumstances surrounding the Department of Treasury's decision to delay redesign of the $20 note featuring the portrait of Harriet Tubman, including any involvement by the White House in this Decision" as per Schumer's request.

Treasury Inspector General to probe delay of Harriet Tubman $20 bill© Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call,Inc. via Getty Images Michael Horowitz, inspector general of the Justice Department, testifies before a Senate Judiciary Committee on July 26, 2017.

The plan to review the new note design process will be incorporated into the Treasury Department's scheduled audit of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing's process for crafting new notes and implementing security features.

Schumer calls for investigation into Trump administration decision to delay Harriett Tubman $20 bill

Schumer calls for investigation into Trump administration decision to delay Harriett Tubman $20 bill The federal government was well into the redesign process to replace the image of President Andrew Jackson with that of Tubman when the treasury secretary announced the change would be postponed.

-- The $ 20 bill would replace Andrew Jackson with Tubman . That move elicited cheers from people who wanted Jackson, who owned slaves and signed -- The bill would keep Abraham Lincoln on the front. The back would depict the Lincoln Memorial along with portraits of people involved in historic

"For me, having Harriet Tubman on the $ 20 bill really says, first of all, that America realizes that it's not the same country that it once was — that it's a "And it allows us to make a hero out of someone like Harriet Tubman , who deserves to be a hero." In a statement, the Treasury also announced that the

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"I believe this approach will efficiently address the concerns expressed in your request," Delmar wrote in the letter to Schumer.

Delmar also specified that the investigation will look into the $20 bill and that the department will take action if they uncover any misconduct.

"It will specifically include review of the process with respect to the $20 bill. If, in the course of our audit work, we discover indications of employee misconduct or other matters that warrant a referral to our Office of Investigations, we will do so expeditiously," he added.

Delmar stated that the review process will likely take 10 months to complete.

Schumer said he is "pleased" with the investigation.

"I'm pleased the inspector general will review this matter and hope it is conducted in an expeditious fashion," Schumer said in a statement. "The motivation for the Trump administration's decision to delay the release of the new note has not been credibly explained, and the inspector general's review must get to the bottom of this."

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