A Trump-appointed federal judge delivered a "blow to American consumers" on Tuesday by denying Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) deputy director Leandra English's request for a temporary restraining order, which would have prevented Trump budget chief Mick Mulvaney from becoming the CFPB's acting director.
But administration argued that the 1998 Presidential Vacancies Reform Act granted the president the right to appoint a temporary successor.
Leandra English, the CFPB's deputy director, had requested an emergency restraining order to stop Mulvaney from taking over as acting director of the CFPB.
Mulvaney is being sued by the Obama-era appointee who argued that she is the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's (CFPB) rightful acting director. But the White House announced on Friday that Mulvaney would lead the agency while the administration seeks a permanent replacement. Mulvaney brought donuts, and in his first day at the agency, he issued a temporary freeze on hiring and new regulations.
At the center of the case is a debate about which law should govern who serves as acting head of the CFPB.
"Dodd-Frank is quite specific: It provides its own succession planning", Sen. And even CFPB general counsel Mary McLeod affirmed this legal interpretation in a memo to staff on Saturday. English is reportedly weighing several options in response to Kelly's ruling, including an immediate appeal.
The woman who put the acting in acting director is deposed.