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Deputy Director Of Consumer Agency Filed Lawsuit To Keep Her Job

28 November 2017

President Donald Trump's choice for the role - White House budget director Mick Mulvaney - then emailed staff to tell them to "disregard" any instructions from English.

She has filed a lawsuit in federal court in Washington, DC, seeking to halt Mulvaney's appointment.

Mulvaney is temporarily heading up the agency as a showdown over leadership heads to the court.

Mick Mulvaney sent an email to staff Monday regarding former Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Richard Cordray's hand-picked replacement, completely disregarding her alleged authority.

Mulvaney said he was surprised at the unchecked powers afforded to the bureau - including his. "But thanks to this idiot, I don't know".

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"Anybody who even thinks a Trump administration CFPB would be the same as an Obama administration is simply being naive - elections have consequences for every agency", he said.

Mulvaney, the current White House budget director and a former Republican congressman from SC, has called the agency a "joke" and an example of bureaucracy run amok.

That prompted a lawsuit from Leandra English, who was appointed the bureau's deputy director Friday after Cordray resigned.

In a remarkable example of the power struggle and resulting confusion, English and Mulvaney issued dueling emails to staff Monday morning. Among those lawmakers: Sen.

Sweet reported from NY.

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Still, consumer advocates are anxious. There was no public trace of English, whose tenure as a low-profile public servant abruptly ended as she began to fight on behalf of the agency she helped found in 2011. It also claims the Obama administration acted similarly when filling a vacancy on the National Labor Relations Board. English's legal position is thus based on the premise that the CFPA provision that states the Deputy Director shall serve as Acting Director in the Director's "absence or unavailability" covers a vacancy created by the CFPB Director's resignation. "You don't want to expose the agency doing it to the normal political interference, which is what we were afraid of". The agency created a financial consumer database where people can research loan companies, and says it has handled more than 1.2 million complaints from consumers. CFPB also has broad regulatory authority over financial institutions with assets over $10 billion. "We will bring it back to life!" "It is unfortunate that Mr. Cordray chose to put his political ambition above the interests of consumers with this stunt". In this case, that person is OMB director (and human personification of nearly every negative Irish stereotype) Mick Mulvaney. The spark? Two bureaucrats vying for control of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Mulvaney, who was tapped by President Trump to run the CFPB on a temporary basis, has a history of bashing the bureau and has called it a "sad, sick" joke.

Still, the bureaucratic pingpong continued on Monday as the morning progressed.

English sent an email in which she welcomed staff back from the Thanksgiving holiday and signed off as "acting director", according to a source. "If you receive additional communications from her today in any form, related in any way to the function of her actual or presumed official duties (i.e. not personal), please inform the General Counsel immediately". "Please stop by the 4th floor to say hello and grab a donut".

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said at Monday's briefing that Mulvaney has "taken charge" of the bureau and has the "full cooperation" of the staff.

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Deputy Director Of Consumer Agency Filed Lawsuit To Keep Her Job