Mick Mulvaney, Director of Management and Budget, is no longer busy with this headache: the leadership challenge at the Tax Bureau for Consumer Protection is over. The OMB director has been responsible for the CFPB since last November, which was transformed into another front by Trump in the War of Resistance against the White House. The then director Richard Cordray resigned last year to prepare for his governorship run in Ohio. His deputy, Leandra English, thought she would take the reins, but the CFPB is in the executive, so Trump attacked Mulvaney to run the agency until a replacement could be found. English and Mulvaney then held a long legal battle over who is leading the ship. In the end, the court ruled that Mulvaney would act as director; English later filed a lawsuit.
In the meantime, there had reportedly been a group of rebel CFPB employees calling themselves "Dumbledore's Army" and using encrypted devices to communicate. Mulvaney has recently dismissed the CFPB advisory board after some members began to voice criticism in his own way. In June, a federal judge ruled that the structure of CFPB was unconstitutional. Now English withdraws from the CFPB and rejects its lawsuit with the aim of blocking Mulvaney & # 39; s appointment as acting director (via LA Times):
Leandra English announces its legal dispute to temporarily run the Consumer Protection Bureau and As the deputy director of the agency, she and her lawyer announced on Friday.
English said in a statement that she had made the decision to become CFPB's permanent director in the run-up to President Trump's appointment of Kathy Kraninger last month. English said she was leaving the office next week and told her office colleague, "It was an honor to work with you."
English went to court last year after Trump appointed Mick Mulvaney acting director. Frank law mandated that, as deputy director, she ̵1; not a new appointed – should take over as interim head.
After losing their attempts to obtain a federal judge to issue an injunction, then appealed an injunction to remove Mulmaney, English. A three-member panel of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit had heard the appeal in April, but still has to govern.
Congressional Democrats and Considers had supported English in their fight against Mulvaney, was an outspoken critic of the bureau, and has been trying to reverse his aggressive enforcement since he took over the temporary reins in November.
"Since the earliest days of CFPB, Leandra has focused her passion and her impressive abilities on building a strong, professional company. An agency that works for consumers," said Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Who The agency was originally designed as a law professor and has helped shape the role of adviser to President Obama. "I am grateful for her service and wish her the best for her future endeavors."
Well, who financed the lawsuit? We still do not know it. Her lawyer, Deepak Gupta, said that English did not fulfill the bill, but did not say who financed the effort. The Free Beacon has more:
It is still unclear, more than four months later, who paid for the lawsuit of Leandra English against the government to install an Obama political commissioner as head of consumer protection. Attorney Deepak Gupta announced last fall that English would not pay for the lawsuit himself, but he would not reveal who the Mystery Funders were.
"I do not think it's appropriate to talk about it on TV," Gupta told CNBC. "I think that's something that should be addressed by ethics advocates who have studied this and are building a structure."
Ethics lawyers still have to deal with details of the payment "structure".
For now, let us celebrate this victory.