A federal court sided with President Trump and allowed his appointment of Mick Mulvaney as acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to remain in place.
U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Kelly upheld the Mulvaney appointment by citing the unprecedented nature of having a regulator—in this case, outgoing CFPB Director Richard Cordray—name his own successor rather than have the president fill the position. "Denying the president's authority to appoint Mr. Mulvaney raises significant constitutional questions," Kelly said.
Kelly dismissed arguments that Mulvaney cannot remain as director of the Office of Management and Budget while holding the CFPB position, adding that "nothing in the statutes prevents Mr. Mulvaney from holding both of these positions." A new full-time CFPB director will require confirmation by the Senate.
Earlier in the day, Mulvaney further asserted his role as acting director at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) by taking control of the Twitter channel associated with that position. In his first tweet this afternoon on the Twitter handle @CFPBDirector
, Mulvaney posted a photo of himself working over documents at a desk. Mulvaney’s first tweet said, “Busy day at the @CFPB. Digging into the details.”
While Mulvaney was at work in his office, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) appeared at a small protest in front of the CFPB’s headquarters. “For six years this agency has fought for working people,” said Warren. “And now it’s time for us to fight for the agency.”
Absent from public view was Leandra English, Cordray’s handpicked appointee for the acting director’s role. However, the attorney representing English in her lawsuit to void the Mulvaney appointment, Deepak Gupta, admitted on CNBC
today that English was not financing her own litigation, but he repeatedly declined to identify who was paying her legal fees. “I don’t think it’s appropriate for me to be talking about that on TV right now,” he said, adding that he was not representing English on a pro bono basis.