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Justice Dept., AGs, protest ‘bureaucratic sleight-of-hand’ in CFPB battle

Joe Mont | December 20, 2017

The legal battle over leadership of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau remains far from resolved.

On Nov. 26, Leandra English, was named deputy director by outgoing CFPB Director Richard Cordray. In doing so, he sought to secure her continued leadership upon his resignation and plans to run for governor in Ohio. President Trump, however, made his own interim appointment, relying upon the Federal Vacancies Re-form Act: Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget.

On Nov. 28, Judge Timothy Kelly of the District Court of the District of Columbia denied a request for a restraining order that would have prevented Mulvaney from becoming the interim chief, siding with the Trump administration.

The matter, however, is far from settled and could eventually wind its way to the Supreme Court. On Dec, 18 a coalition of Republican attorneys general jumped into the fray.

Representatives of Texas, West Virginia, Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas,...

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