"As consumers flocked to shopping outlets nationwide on Black Friday, a leadership shakeup ensued at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The CFPB's Director, Richard Cordray, announced that he had appointed Leandra English, the agency's chief of staff, to the position of Deputy Director. Cordray then resigned and stated that English would become the Acting Director of the agency, meaning that she would serve until the Senate confirms a permanent replacement. However, later that day, President Trump announced that he was designating Mick Mulvaney, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, to serve as Acting Director of the CFPB. On Sunday, November 26, English brought suit in federal court seeking a declaration that she is the Acting Director of the CFPB, along with a temporary restraining order barring Mulvaney from acting in the position and President Trump from appointing any individual to the position. As of the date of this Sidebar, both English and Mulvaney have reportedly claimed to be Acting Director in communications to CFPB staff. Ruling from the bench on November 28, the federal judge presiding over English's suit denied English's motion for a temporary restraining order that would have prohibited Mulvaney from holding the position."
CRS Legal Sidebar, LSB10036
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