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Last week Leandra English, the deputy director of the CFPB, was tapped to lead the agency by its outgoing director, Obama appointee Richard Cordray.

Mulvaney took up his position as acting director on Monday despite the dispute over who was to hold the position until a permanent leader could be nominated and approved by the United States senate. Liberals such as Sen.

Many of these steps to undermine the agency - which has helped almost 30 million Americans collect about $12 billion in refunds and canceled debts - would face more legal challenges. Federal judge Timothy Kelly denied Ms.

Protesters chanted "Hey hey, ho ho, Mick Mulvaney has got to go" and carried signs saying, "Trump & Mulvaney: breaking the law to help Wall Street". "Nothing in the statutes prevents Mr. Mulvaney from holding both of these positions", referring to Mulvaney's existing job at the Office of Management and Budget. "There needs to be a resolution of this cloud of impropriety hanging over the bureau", Gupta said. Mulvaney implored CFPB employees to disregard English's introductory email, in which she claimed to be the head of the consumer protection agency. English sued, arguing that the spot belonged to her under the Dodd-Frank Act.

President Donald Trump on November 27 named budget director Mick Mulvaney acting director of the CFPB after the outgoing director tried to elevate his deputy to the top job.

"Many actions conducted previously by the CFPB as well as those that are pending warrant a thorough review, and we support Mr. Mulvaney's previous comments concerning a five-person bipartisan commission", Mr. Hunt said. Asked who is, he said only "there's an ethics structure that's set up". It's widely believed Cordray resigned from the CFPB in preparation for a run for governor of Ohio. English says she's acting director, while Mulvaney is emailing staffers at the CFPB, telling them to ignore her directives.

But Mulvaney has made clear his hostility toward the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau; in fact, when he was a member of Congress, Mulvaney called the bureau a "sad, sick joke".

Competitive Enterprise Institute General Counsel Sam Kazman said the nonprofit group was "glad to see this attempt at bureaucratic self-perpetuation fail".

English has filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration to retain her position at the consumer watchdog bureau.