Dem says frosted glass indicates lack of 'transparency' at CFPB

Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyTrump's latest plan to undermine Social Security Trump says he'll decide on foreign aid cuts within a week Dick Cheney to attend fundraiser supporting Trump reelection: report MORE, the acting head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), defended on Wednesday a decision to put frosted glass on the windows of his office, after he was confronted for a lack of "transparency" by Rep. Keith EllisonKeith Maurice EllisonFormer Sanders aides launch consulting firm Minnesota AG will defend state's abortion restrictions despite personal views Hillicon Valley: House panel advances election security bill | GOP senator targets YouTube with bill on child exploitation | Hicks told Congress Trump camp felt 'relief' after release of Clinton docs | Commerce blacklists five Chinese tech groups MORE (D-Minn.).

Ellison questioned Mulvaney at a House Financial Services Committee hearing about the decision to install frosted glass on the windows of 13 offices at the CFPB, asking whether doing so undermined his commitment to transparency. 

"You are the champion of transparency, right?" Ellison asked. "And yet you have obscured yourself physically, and I find that to be ironic, sir."

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Mulvaney said the windows of 13 offices had been frosted in recent months at a cost of $3,500. The frosted windows, he said, were part of a plan put together under his predecessor at the CFPB, Richard CordrayRichard Adams CordrayWatchdog agency must pick a side: Consumers or scammers Kraninger's CFPB gives consumers the tools to help themselves House rebukes Mulvaney's efforts to rein in consumer bureau MORE.

Mulvaney then fired back at Ellison, asking whether the door to his office is transparent. 

"I’m not a witness today. You are," Ellison replied. 

"I’ve been to your office. I can’t see into it," Mulvaney quipped. 

The Associated Press reported Tuesday that the CFPB had spent $6,000 to frost the office windows of senior staff in recent months. The bureau reportedly ordered the film used to frost the windows in September 2017, before Cordray left the agency, and again in February, after Mulvaney took over.