After days of controversy and unrest, a federal judge has ruled that President Trump appointee Mick Mulvaney can continue to serve as Consumer Financial Protection Bureau chief.
Warring would-be replacement (and Obama crony) Leandra English made herself at home in the office and sent out an email as “new acting director” of the bureau, but Mulvaney corrected the mistake and instructed all employees to take orders from him.
English sought a temporary restraining order to allow her to continue to hijack the office on behalf of the Democrats.
Fortunately, it was denied in the court’s decisive ruling.
More from NBC News, in a story hilariously titled Judge Declines to Remove Mulvaney:
WASHINGTON — A federal judge declined Tuesday to force out Mick Mulvaney, President Donald Trump’s choice to serve as acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
The ruling was a loss for Leandra English, the bureau’s deputy director who believes she became the acting director when Richard Cordray, who had run the agency since 2012, stepped down last Friday.
The fight over who’s in charge played out at the agency’s headquarters in dueling e-mails. Mulvaney occupied the director’s office again Tuesday and sent a message to employees telling them to disregard any e-mails or instructions from English.
She is “purporting to be acting director,” he said.
English was on the job, too, “taking calls and meeting with external stakeholders and bureau staff,” she said in a statement.
Over the weekend, English asked a federal judge to declare that she is the acting director and to forbid Trump from appointing anyone else to the position. The Justice Department urged the judge to reject her request for a temporary restraining order.
The legal fight involves two federal laws that seem to conflict. The Federal Vacancies Reform Act gives the president authority to fill vacancies in top government posts. But the statute that established the CFPB says that its deputy director “shall” become acting director when there’s a vacancy in the director’s chair.
Federal District Judge Timothy Kelly — who was nominated to his position by Trump in June — ruled Tuesday that, while the deputy normally does slide into the director’s office when there’s a vacancy, the president retains the option to choose someone else.
Tomorrow, NBC may be forced to report “Trump Fails To Not Continue To Win” in its headlines!