Posted November 27, 2017
Richard Cordray resigned as CFPB Director Friday, Nov. 24 and designated his Chief of Staff, Leandra English, as his temporary replacement, sparking a legal showdown with the White House over who will run the agency. At about the same time on Friday, President Trump designated Mick Mulvaney, who heads the Office of Management and Budget, to lead the bureau until a permanent Director could be nominated and confirmed.
On Sunday night, English filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of D.C. in which she called herself the “rightful Acting Director” of the CFPB and asked for a temporary restraining order to prevent Mulvaney from being recognized as Director. This was filed after CFPB General Counsel, Mary McLeod, published a memo siding with Trump, saying the President had the legal authority to name an Acting Director to the bureau under the Federal Vacancies Reform Act. The lawsuit says “The President’s purported or intended appointment of defendant Mulvaney as Acting Director of the CFPB is unlawful.”