Trump Regime

A Trump Judge Will Handle the CFPB Lawsuit

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) chief Richard Cordray has resigned and appointed Leandra English to be his successor, but the Trump regime claims it has the right to name his successor and, to that end, Trump has appointed Edgar-suit-wearing lizard Mick Mulvaney to run the agency.

English has now filed a lawsuit against the Trump regime to block Mulvaney's appointment, but the first federal judge who will see the case was also appointed by Trump.

From Bloomberg:

Leandra English’s battle to temporarily head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will be decided by Washington U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Kelly, a Trump nominee who’s only been on the bench since September.

Kelly’s first task will be to decide whether to grant her request for a temporary order barring President Donald Trump from naming budget director Mick Mulvaney to the post until a permanent director is selected. English’s complaint filed Sunday also seeks to block the former Republican congressman from South Carolina from taking any action.

Assuming the Trump-appointed judge will rule in Trump's favor, this lawsuit will move to the appeals court level where the regime is slightly less likely to succeed.

Given that the CFPB is a relatively new federal agency created under unique circumstances, I wouldn't be surprised if this case is eventually elevated to the Supreme Court level.

As for the agency itself, Mulvaney's temporary reign is obviously bad news. Mulvaney is an unhinged critic of the agency and he opposed its creation in Congress. Mulvaney doesn't believe the agency should even exist but he's now running it.

I expect Mulvaney will run the bureau much the same way Tex Tillerson has run the State Department. You know, by dismantling it.

  • ninjaf

    Boy, those third party voting and hand sitting liberals sure have given the Democratic “establishment” the what for, haven’t they? And as our country burns, I bet they think it is their ideological purity keeping them warm at night.

  • I’m a federal worker and I can’t imagine what this must be like for the dedicated folk of the CFPB. It’s bad enough to work for this dumpster fire of an administration unless you’re luckily overlooked (as my agency has been, more or less). But having competing agency heads, one who would gladly strangle the agency to death, has got to be confusing, demoralizing, and miserable.

    Curse these assholes to hell. (Which I now wish really existed.)

  • muselet

    This is one of the stupidest fights imaginable for the Trump administration to pick.

    All Donald Trump had to do was send a nomination of someone—anyone—to the Senate, then wait a couple of days for hearings and a vote. Just like that, a new permanent director of the CFPB without any unseemly wrangles over an acting director.

    I’m left wondering if nobody in the White House understands that, or if naming Mick Mulvaney acting director is just dick-swinging. And I’m genuinely not sure which of those is worse.

    –alopecia