Trump Pick Wins Over CFPB Staffers With Coffee And Donuts

The legal battle for control of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau began in earnest Monday morning as Leandra English and Mick Mulvaney – Trump’s OMB director and his pick to lead the CFPD until a new director can be confirmed - have both asserted authority over the agency’s staff, something that is bound to create tremendous confusion until a federal district judge delivers a final ruling.

Mulvaney arrived at the bureau’s Washington headquarters Monday morning carrying bags of donuts from Dunkin Donuts. Meanwhile, English sent an email to CFPB staff where she identified herself as the interim director of the agency, according to Reuters.

An hour later, Mulvaney followed up with an email of his own, instructing staffers to “please disregard” English and inviting them to his office on the fourth floor for coffee and donuts.

 

 

Apparently, Mulvaney’s free donuts were a hit with the CFPB staff...

 

 

Mulvaney has already held at least one meeting with the agency’s senior staff...

 

 

Per anonymous sources cited by Bloomberg, the tide seemed to be turning against English inside the agency as agency division heads alerted staff workers that they should follow the guidance written Nov. 25 by CFPB General Counsel Mary McLeod stating that Mulvaney was acting director.

Still, legal experts claimed that McLeod’s guidance won’t be enough to resolve the dispute – something that will inevitably require a court ruling.

“There is no way for this to get resolved short of court intervention,” said Alan Kaplinsky, a lawyer at Ballard Spahr who has represented big banks in lawsuits against the CFPB. “The CFPB will be paralyzed until we figure out who is in charge."

Of course, Democrats and other law experts disagree. Cordray defended his decision to name English by citing a Dodd-Frank Act provision that puts a deputy director in charge when the director is absent.

“Trump’s attempt to install Mulvaney as interim successor is null and void,” Laurence Tribe, a law professor at Harvard University who did a stint at the Justice Department during the Obama administration, said on Twitter. “This has the makings of a constitutional crisis."

To be sure, there’s one way Trump could settle the issue once and for all: Swiftly appoint a permanent director. Republican Senator John Thune said Sunday that Republicans in the senate would process such an appointment “as quickly as possible."

Meanwhile, Reuters reported that English is set to meet with Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren to discuss Trump’s pick to lead the agency.

Whatever Warren's next course of action might be, there’s one thing she can’t change: Mulvaney is already effectively running the agency. And it would take a court ruling to change that.

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Escrava Isaura MonetaryApostate Mon, 11/27/2017 - 16:46 Permalink

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The conservatives here are going to love this one……..I mean, if conservative in America should be called conservative. Here it is and we will find out if there’s any conservative in this site. Here’s your test. It’s only two paragraphs. What bothers you the most as a conservative?: The lawyer who wrote the Office of Legal Counsel memo supporting the Trump administration’s viewpoint that the president can appoint Mick Mulvaney as acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau represented a payday lender NDG. Consumer Protection Bureau alleged that NDG, which issues and collects payday loans online, made “false threats” to consumers that non-payment would result in wage garnishment, arrest, or imprisonment. The web of companies in the enterprise, situated in Canada and Malta, did not have the legal right to debit accounts to collect payday loans in the U.S., but they hid behind their foreign status to claim that they were exempt from various limitations and statutes. The case is still active in federal court in New York.   Now if you want to read the whole article………., again, it’s not necessary for the above test.  

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Escrava Isaura Telemakhos Mon, 11/27/2017 - 17:22 Permalink

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Well, first, closing the agency is not on the agenda. Second, capitalism is like a sport, having more than one referee is great, in my opinion. American basketball has three referees to maintain order. American football has seven referees policing the game. If you ask my opinion, capitalism became a racket because it lacks the necessary amount of referees.     

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Escrava Isaura Handful of Dust Mon, 11/27/2017 - 17:56 Permalink

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Patriotism? Glad that you brought up the subject. Yesterday we had the conservatives furious that some local agents didn’t agree with the Bundies using federal land without compensating like everyone else does in capitalism. Today we have some Malteses, illegally, harassing Americans. And their lawyers saying this is OK……. while working with the White House. A freaking Maltese and a sleazy layer?       How more ridicules does it need to get to the patriots?  

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Keyser Escrava Isaura Mon, 11/27/2017 - 20:29 Permalink

Ridicules or ridiculous? English not your first language, eh? As far as the interpretation of the law, that ebbs and flows with the interpretation of the statutes by judges on a case by case basis... Lawyers are nothing but advocates for a specific point of view on a case by case basis... In other words, they will lie, cheat, steal and ruin anyone for the money... Judges are nothing but lawyers that have bought their way into a position of authority and as we have seen in the past year alone, their allegiances can be and are very political... There is nothing called justice... 

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Escrava Isaura lincolnsteffens Mon, 11/27/2017 - 17:31 Permalink

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So, in this case the President should fire the layer that advised him, and put the perpetrators, NDG, in jail. Or, do you have a better solution?  

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yaright tankster Mon, 11/27/2017 - 17:13 Permalink

I handle my finances just fine without the Gooberment, its called capitalism. If I don’t like the bank I will choose another one. LMAO regular people? You mean the dumbasses that go to pay day loans? That buy a new phone without thinking hmmm the electric bill is due? My god most Regular people don’t even read what they sign LMAO FUCKING NANNY STATE

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RovingGrokster Bernie Madolf Mon, 11/27/2017 - 16:06 Permalink

Why do you think Muvalney is there? Same reason Pruitt is at EPA - if you can't give it a decent burial via act of Congress, you can at least neutralize it and start eliminating its unconstitutional regulations.
Mulvaney loves CFPB about as much as Pruitt loves the EPA, IE not. at. all..

these guys get it, Tom Price did not: What the secretary may and shall regulate, the secretary may and can deregulate. That screaming you hear is the Texas Chainsaw Massacre of regulations. Go, team Trump!

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RovingGrokster TabakLover Mon, 11/27/2017 - 21:02 Permalink

The free market fixes more pollution than government controls.
The EPA has caused more pollution than it has solved, and the Superfund sites live on.
If it stuck to its original mission (which in itself was poorly defined), the EPA might have some use, but it was a worthless creation of that infamous statist, Nixon. You want a guy who did almost as much damage to the US as Woodrow Wilson, I give you Richard Nixon!

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TEATIME Mon, 11/27/2017 - 16:07 Permalink

LOL. English's plight reminds me of the 80 something year old Japanese soldiers, still fighting WWII on the small, deserted islands in the Pacific

MuffDiver69 Mon, 11/27/2017 - 16:09 Permalink

So the Justice Department and CSFB own counsel say Mulvaney is right, but let’s go get a judge to prove ourselves right say the slime ball democrats....So damn glad Trump won..W and the other retards in GOP would have never done this..

currency Mon, 11/27/2017 - 16:15 Permalink

ENGLISH and Warren and DEm's are in a sinking ship and its sinking fast. English is on her way out, this action by her and Warren sealed her fate. Don't let the door hit you on the back side on the way out.

Yippie21 Mon, 11/27/2017 - 16:15 Permalink

Mulvaney should have some fun with this insipid ploy.  How do you handle a hostile takeover?  Fire her and her staff.  ( great to get general council nod ).  Let this woman do her fighting from outside the agency.  The press will play it up, but it's a great distraction.  Eats a few media cycles.   This is PROOF this agency is super-Constitutional and should be immediately wound down.  Please present a one -year plan to reassign employees and cease operatoins.

homebody Mon, 11/27/2017 - 16:23 Permalink

Time to down size to one person - the janitor. That way the swamp can not say Trump overstep his authority in shutting down the department without Congressional consent. 

Serious.Lee Mon, 11/27/2017 - 16:29 Permalink

“Trump’s attempt to install Mulvaney as interim successor is null and void,” said Laurence Tribe, a law professor at Harvard University who did a stint at the Justice Department during the Obama administration.Wikipedia:Lawrence Tribe was born in Shanghai, China, the son of Paulina (née Diatlovitsky) and George Israel Tribe. His family was Jewish.

slightlyskeptical Mon, 11/27/2017 - 16:32 Permalink

The reason for the agancy is to try to prevent a repeat beating that the banks gave consumers in 2008-2009.If you are all ok with all that, despite calling for crimes to levied everyday back then, then go ahead and keep thinking this a good thing for Americans. 

grove300 slightlyskeptical Mon, 11/27/2017 - 16:54 Permalink

Here is the benefit of Roy Moore.  He will get a recess vote and congress will have to vote to stay and really HAVE to stay in session.  Of course they won't vote to stay and Trump can have 15 days to make appointments to every open position all over the Executive branch.All these issues if the Senate dragging it's feet go away.  That one of the reasons the Swamp hates Moore almost as much as they hate Trump.  Because both these guys could give a rats ass about the Deep State.One more point, the CIA is going bat shit crazy that Trump is blowing up there drug labs in Afganistan.  The Councel of Forgein Relations and Deep State are wanting the military to stop the bombing on humanitarian basis.  

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