Federal judge rules that Trump’s choice can remain at head of consumer watchdog bureau

The Washington Post reports: A federal judge refused to block President Trump’s choice of budget director Mick Mulvaney from serving as acting director of the prominent federal consumer watchdog agency on Tuesday, denying a request by Leandra English, the No. 2 official at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, to serve in his stead.

In denying English’s request for a temporary restraining order, U.S. District Judge Timothy J. Kelly acknowledged that the case raised consitutional issues. Former CFPB litigation counsel Deepak Gupta, who represented English, said she would weigh her next step.
“There needs to be an answer from the courts,” he said after the ruling. “There needs to be a final answer.”

The Trump administration applauded the decision and said it supports its contention that Mulvaney is the rightful acting director. [Continue reading…]

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