“The law is clear here,” Cordray said, referring to a Dodd-Frank Act provision. “It says that the Director, which was me on Friday, shall appoint a Deputy Director. I did that. It then says very clearly and simply that … if there’s an absence or an unavailability of the Director, the Deputy Director becomes the Acting Director. That’s what Ms. English has now done.”
“This is the type of disagreement that involves two different laws,” he said. “They conflict with one another. The right place to hash that out is in the courts, which it is right now. It shouldn’t be decided by name calling and tweets and insults. It should be decided by people presenting their arguments and a judge thinking it over.”
Mulvaney, who is also Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), stated that English did not show up at the CFPB’s headquarters yesterday.
"She wasn't here," Mulvaney told reporters outside of the agency’s offices. "In the ordinary world, if you don't call, you don't show, you don't have a job the next day, but I'm not sure how it works here."
English did show up on Capitol Hill for a photo opportunity and private meeting with Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY), but refused to take questions from reporters. English’s lawsuit to void the Mulvaney appointment was heard yesterday afternoon by U.S. District Judge Timothy Kelly, but no ruling was made.