Mulvaney Won’t Fire The Liberal Who Is Suing Him

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Robert Donachie Capitol Hill and Health Care Reporter
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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) acting Director Mick Mulvaney said Monday he is not planning on firing his deputy director, even though she filed a legal challenge to his authority as the head of the agency.

“It’s always a challenge when you’re in a workplace with someone who’s suing you, and I’m a named defendant,” Mulvaney said Monday.

Former CFPB Director Richard Cordray chose his former chief of staff, Leandra English, as his choice to replace him at the agency. President Donald Trump named Mulvaney as the head of the agency, which led English to file a lawsuit challenging the president’s authority to appoint an interim director of the CFPB.

U.S. District Judge for the District Court of District of Columbia Timothy J. Kelly, a Trump appointee, sided with the Trump administration, ruling that he would not issue a temporary restraining order stopping the president from appointing a new director.

The acting CFPB director and White House Office of Management and Budget director said he would not fire English and said he has had only email contact with her since he took over the agency on Nov. 27. Mulvaney says his email correspondence with English has been simply to tell her to stop purporting to be the acting director and fulfill her responsibilities as deputy director of the agency.

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