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CFPB director’s chosen successor moves forward in challenge to Trump pick

CFPB director’s chosen successor moves forward in challenge to Trump pick
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The deputy director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) will continue to fight the Trump administration by filing a preliminary injunction next week against President Trump's pick to lead the consumer watchdog agency.

Leandra English, who was appointed by the exiting director to lead the CFPB, will file for a preliminary injunction against Trump's conflicting acting director pick, Mick Mulvaney, according to reports based on court documents.

English plans to file by Dec. 5, Reuters reported.

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Trump appointed Mulvaney, who is the director of the Office of Management and Budget, to act as director of the agency following former CFPB Director Richard CordrayRichard Adams CordrayOvernight Tech: Mulvaney reportedly froze Equifax hack probe | Dems want new restrictions on Comcast-NBC | NJ gov signs net neutrality order | Senate confirms patent chief Overnight Finance: Dow down over 1,000 in biggest one-day point drop | GOP to play hardball with Dems on funding bill | Mulvaney reportedly freezes Equifax probe | Powell sworn in as Fed chair Overnight Regulation: Labor IG to investigate tip-pooling rule | Mulvaney reportedly puts brakes on Equifax probe | Dems want new restrictions on Comcast MORE’s resignation last week. But Cordray appointed English to direct the bureau as his deputy before he left.

The conflicting appointments created confusion over who should rightfully lead the bureau. The White House and Department of Justice have argued the president has authority in the situation, but English and her allies continue to fight that conclusion.

English already attempted to prevent Mulvaney from taking over as acting director of the agency by suing, but a federal judge refused to block Trump’s appointment of Mulvaney.

English claims that the provision of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act that lays out the CFPB’s line of succession supersedes the Federal Vacancies Act, which Trump used to nominate Mulvaney.