Trump-Appointed Judge Gets CFPB Lawsuit

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CFPB Leadership Becomes Washington's New Flashpoint

Leandra English’s battle to temporarily head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will be decided by Washington U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Kelly, a Trump nominee who’s only been on the bench since September.

Kelly’s first task will be to decide whether to grant her request for a temporary order barring President Donald Trump from naming budget director Mick Mulvaney to the post until a permanent director is selected. English’s complaint filed Sunday also seeks to block the former Republican congressman from South Carolina from taking any action.

A hearing in the case is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.

Before being nominated by Trump, Kelly served as chief counsel for national security and senior crime counsel to U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa, the Republican chairman of that chamber’s judiciary committee. The judge has also served as a federal prosecutor. He began his legal career as an associate with the Washington-based law firm now known as Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP.

Mulvaney showed up for his first day at the bureau bearing doughnuts for staffers, then promptly issued a memo instructing them to disregard any instructions from his rival. English sent CFPB employees a message, stating she was honored to be working with them, and identifying herself as acting director.

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