In a statement released Sunday, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) urged President Trump to fire a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau employee after she filed a lawsuit in an attempt to thwart Trump’s nominee from taking over the agency.
When former CFPB Director Richard Cordray resigned Friday, he named his chief of staff Leandra English to serve as acting director of the agency. But President Trump tapped Mick Mulvaney, Office of Management and Budget director, to serve as interim director over the watchdog agency — an action that spurred English to file a lawsuit against the president and Mulvaney on Sunday.
Cotton condemned the lawsuit, calling CFPB a “rogue, unconstitutional agency.”
“The president should fire her immediately and anyone who disobeys Director Mulvaney’s order should also be fired summarily,” Cotton said. “The Constitution and the law must prevail against the supposed resistance.”
Tom Cotton on the CFPB director lawsuit: "The president should fire her immediately and anyone who disobeys Director Mulvaney’s orders should also be fired summarily." pic.twitter.com/EEndCJ6j3W
— Niels Lesniewski (@nielslesniewski) November 27, 2017
The CFPB was established in 2011 as part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street regulations passed in the wake of the economic downturn of 2008. Critics say the bureau has no congressional oversight by design, and has been combing through personal financial information of Americans. Mulvaney himself has been a vocal critic of the agency, calling it a “sick, sad” joke.