A U.S. District Court judge in Washington has ruled in favor of the Trump administration in its bid to install White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney as acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
Leandra English, who was named last week as acting director by outgoing CFPB chief Richard Cordray, had sought a temporary restraining order to block Mulvaney from taking the post.
English had filed a lawsuit in an attempt to block Mulvaney’s appointment, but Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Timothy Kelly sided with Trump instead.
“Denying the president’s authority to appoint Mr. Mulvaney raises significant constitutional questions,” the judge said.
Mulvaney showed up for work Monday morning to take charge, and announced an immediate 30-day hiring freeze, as well as a freeze on any new agency rules currently in the works, and a 30-day freeze on any payments from a civil penalties fund.
— Mick Mulvaney (@CFPBDirector) November 28, 2017
Ms. English had argued that her role as deputy head of the CFPB makes her the rightful acting director of the agency. Her attorney Deepak Gupta said she would appeal the decision.
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