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Warren suggests Mulvaney broke law by speaking to GOP donors

Warren suggests Mulvaney broke law by speaking to GOP donors
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Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenDNA is irrelevant — Elizabeth Warren is simply not Cherokee The Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump seizes on immigrant 'caravan' for midterms | WHCA criticizes Trump for praising lawmaker who assaulted reporter | Trump takes harder line on Saudis Clinton aide: Chances 'highly unlikely' but 'not zero' Hillary will run for president again MORE (D-Mass.) on Wednesday said that White House budget director Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyOn The Money: Mnuchin pulls out of Saudi summit | Consumer bureau to probe controversial blog posts on race | Harris proposes new middle-class tax credit Consumer bureau to probe top Trump official's past racial comments On The Money: Deficit hits six-year high of 9 billion | Yellen says Trump attacks threaten Fed | Affordable housing set for spotlight in 2020 race MORE might have broken the federal Hatch Act by meeting with Republican donors and campaign officials earlier this month.

"Your appearance at this private event with Republican donors and campaign officials raises questions about your compliance with the Hatch Act and other federal laws, your judgment, and your management of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFBP)," Warren wrote in an open letter to Mulvaney Wednesday.

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Warren quoting a May 23 letter from Ana Galindo-Marrone, the Office of the Special Counsel's Hatch Act Unit chief, to Mulvaney, wrote, "you are prohibited from...soliciting...political contributions from any person...[and from] soliciting...the political activity of persons who have business pending before their employing office."

“By custom, top executive branch officials and independent agency heads — financial regulators in particular — steer well clear of campaign- or donor-related activity," Warren added.

"Indeed, I could find no no [sic] examples of your immediate predecessors at OMB or CFPB, or of any top Securities and Exchange Commission, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, or Federal Reserve official, meeting with top political party officials and campaign donors to provide advice and insight into upcoming elections — and I do not understand how your decision to do so was consistent with your responsibilities either as OMB Director or as Acting Director of the CFPB," she wrote.

Warren asked Mulvaney to answer 10 questions — two of which have multiple parts — about the meeting prior to Sept. 29, giving him a 10-day window in which to respond.

Mulvaney spoke alongside Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel at an event in New York earlier this month, telling GOP donors it was a "very real possibility" that Republicans will win Florida's Senate race, but lose a Senate seat in Texas.

Warren has been one of Mulvaney's most outspoken critics, supporting a legal challenge to his appointment and calling for answers to dozens of questions about his agenda.

Mulvaney has fired back at Warren, stating that he doesn't want the CFPB "to be Elizabeth Warren's baby." The bureau was Warren's brainchild and has been defended staunchly by her party.