Federal Judge Rules That Trump Pick Can Remain At Head Of Consumer Watchdog Agency


A federal judge on Tuesday refused to block President Trump’s move to appoint budget director Mick Mulvaney to serve as the temporary leader of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, denying a request by a high-ranking agency employee that she be put in charge instead.

In turning down Leandra English’s request for a temporary restraining order, U.S. District Judge Timothy J. Kelly acknowledged that the case raised constitutional questions. Former CFPB litigation counsel Deepak Gupta, representing English, suggested she would continue to press the issue, leaving the six-year old agency and its 1,600 employees still in legal limbo.

“There needs to be an answer and there needs to be a final answer. There needs to be a resolution of this cloud of impropriety hanging over the bureau,” Gupta told reporters after the hearing.

(c) 2017, The Washington Post ยท Renae Merle, Thomas Heath



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