Federal and state politicians take tour of gold depository at Fort Knox

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Is there really gold at Fort Knox? For the first time in more than 40 years, civilians were allowed inside.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin made a visit to the gold vault with other politicians, and he wanted to make sure there is still gold inside. Over the years, there has been so much mystery surrounding the Fort Knox gold vault, which highly guarded and not open to the public.

"The last time anybody went in to see the gold, other than the Fort Knox people, was in 1974 when there was a congressional visit," Mnuchin said.

Mnuchin led a delegation of Kentucky politicians, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, to the United States Bullion Depository on Monday.

McConnell even held a gold bar in his hands, and he said it reminded him of the James Bond movie "Goldfinger." Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin was also there and tweeted, "All I will say is that it is freakishly well secured. The gold is safe."

"Some of you may know Ft. Knox was created by FDR in 1936, and it received he government's gold from 1937 to 1944," Mnuchin said. "I will be on the third Secretary of the Treasury that's actually gone inside Fort Knox."

Congressman Brett Guthrie was also on the tour. He released a statement Tuesday afternoon about the trip:

“As the United States Representative for Fort Knox and the Bullion Depository, I have always been proud of the important role these facilities play in both our military and the Treasury Department,” said Guthrie. “It was an honor to join Secretary Mnuchin, Governor Bevin, and Senator McConnell to visit the depository yesterday – the first time visitors have been allowed at the facility since members of Congress inspected the depository in 1974. The reserves at the Bullion Depository are an important component of our nation’s financial system, and I am glad to report that everything at the depository looked to be secure and in order. Thank you to everyone who works at the depository for accommodating our visit."

Mnuchin said there's a reason why he needed the see the gold in person. 

"I have to attest that the gold is part of our national assets, and we have approximately $200 billion of gold at Fort Knox," he said.

The U.S. Mint says each standard gold bar inside Fort Knox weighs over 27 pounds.

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