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Top Dems demand Trump admin reverse delay to Harriet Tubman $20 bill

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday called on the Trump administration to reverse its decision to delay putting abolitionist and former slave Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill.

“It is an insult to the hopes of millions that the Trump Administration is refusing to honor Harriet Tubman on our $20 bill. This unnecessary decision must be reversed,” the California Democrat tweeted.

Pelosi’s request comes a day after Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer sent a letter to the Treasury Department inspector general asking for an investigation into the decision by Secretary Steve Mnuchin to delay the redesign of the $20 bill to feature Tubman until 2028.

“We do not know the real reason for these decisions, but we do know that during his campaign, President Trump referred to efforts to replace President Jackson’s likeness on the front of the $20 note as ‘pure political correctness,’” the New York Democrat wrote in the letter. “Secretary Mnuchin attempted to explain the delay as necessary to accommodate anti-counterfeiting measures, but it is simply not credible that with all the resources and expertise of the U.S. Treasury and Secret Service, a decade or more could be required to produce a new $20 bill.”

Schumer added, “If the Empire State Building could be completed in 13 months almost 100 years ago, the 21st century Treasury Department ought to be able to get this job done in a reasonable period of time.”

A design featuring Tubman has been underway and was expected to be released next year, The New York Times reported last week, citing officials familiar with the process.

In 2016, then-Treasury Secretary Jack Lew announced the Tubman design after a 10-month process in which the Treasury Department sought public input, receiving thousands of responses. The Obama administration scheduled the unveiling for 2020 to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, which granted women the right to vote.

At a House Financial Services Committee hearing in May, Mnuchin claimed that new security features made the 2020 deadline set by the Obama administration impossible to meet, delaying the unveiling of any new imagery until 2028 — well after Trump leaves office.

“The primary reason we have looked at redesigning the currency is for counterfeiting issues,” Mnuchin said. “Based upon this, the $20 bill will now not come out until 2028. The $10 bill and the $50 bill will come out with new features beforehand.”

Months before he was elected, then-candidate Donald Trump called the decision to replace Andrew Johnson with Tubman on the bill “pure political correctness” and proposed putting her on the $2 bill instead.



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Cabinet shock: Boris set to bury hatchet with key minister and hand them plum job

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BORIS JOHNSON is set to bury the hatchet with a key minister who scuppered his last leadership bid and hand them a plum role in his new Cabinet.

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Nadler previews Mueller testimony, says report shows Trump ‘guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors’

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House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., said Sunday that former special counsel Robert Mueller’s report “presents very substantial evidence” that President Donald Trump “is guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors.”

Nadler, speaking with “Fox News Sunday” ahead of Mueller’s highly anticipated congressional testimony on Wednesday, added that “we have to let Mueller present those facts to the American people and then see where to go from there, because the administration must be held accountable and no administration can be above the law.”

The House rejected an effort to impeach Trump on Wednesday, and the chamber’s Democratic leadership has yet to come out in favor of an impeachment inquiry, although one is backed by many in the caucus.

“It’s important that we not have a lawless administration and a lawless president,” Nadler said. “It’s important that the people see where we’re at and what we’re dealing with.”

Mueller’s testimony comes after he said in May that his more than 400-page report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, whether the Trump campaign and allies conspired with Russia and whether Trump obstructed justice “speaks for itself,” and that he would make no comment in testimony “beyond what is already public.”

“The report is my testimony,” Mueller said in his first comments on the two-year probe, adding, “We chose those words carefully, and the work speaks for itself.”

He added on the question of whether Trump obstructed justice, “If we had had confidence that he clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so.”

On Sunday, Nadler said the point of Mueller’s testimony was so the American people can “hear directly from” Mueller about “what his investigation found.”

“The president and the attorney general and others have spent the last few months systematically lying to the American people about what the investigation found,” he continued. “They’ve said that it found no collusion, that it found no obstruction, that it exonerated the president. All three of those statements are absolute lies.”

Asked about questions Republican lawmakers plan to ask, including those on the legality of the Russia probe’s origins, Nadler said if Republicans “want to talk about this irrelevancy, let them waste their time.”

“But what’s before the American people now is the conduct of this president and what Mueller found about the conduct of this president, and where we go from here,” he continued.

After Mueller submitted his report to Attorney General William Barr in March, Barr released a four-page summary of the report which the special counsel said “did not fully capture the context, nature, and substance” of his investigation.

In his report, Mueller extensively detailed Russia’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 election, multiple contacts between the Trump campaign and associates with Russians, and Trump’s efforts to quash the probe. Mueller wrote that the evidence he reviewed was not enough to establish a Trump-Russia conspiracy and that he could not come to a traditional prosecutorial decision on obstruction in part because of the Justice Department Office of Legal Counsel’s opinion that a sitting president cannot be indicted.

“Accordingly, while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him,” Mueller wrote, later adding that Trump’s “efforts to influence the investigation were mostly unsuccessful, but that is largely because the persons who surrounded the President declined to carry out orders or accede to his requests.”

On CBS’s “Face the Nation,” House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff, D-N.Y., said he wants Mueller “to bring” his report “to life” during his testimony, explaining the report to Americans who have not read it.

“It’s a pretty damning set of facts about a presidential campaign, in a close race, welcoming help from a hostile foreign power,” Schiff said. “Not reporting it, but eagerly embracing it to their campaign strategy, lying about it to cover up, then obstructing an investigation into foreign interference again to try and cover up.”



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Labour chaos: Party’s North East MPs rage at bid to oust former Blair chief whip

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FORMER Labour chief whip Hilary Armstrong has said she was “very sad” after her local constituency party backed a motion recommending her expulsion in response to criticising leader Jeremy Corbyn’s handling of the anti-Semitism complaints which have swamped his party.

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