Legal Battle over CFPB Leadership Comes to Close

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Deputy Director Leandra English said today that she will resign next week, ending her court claim to be recognized as acting director of the bureau, which until now was pending in federal appeals court. A lower court earlier this year rebuffed English’s effort to be recognized as acting director over President Trump’s designee, Mick Mulvaney.

Mulvaney was appointed acting director under the Federal Vacancies Reform Act, which allows the president to name a currently serving Senate-confirmed official as acting director for a set period of time or until a permanent director is confirmed. The nomination of Kathy Kraninger is currently pending in the Senate.

Named deputy director shortly before Richard Cordray’s resignation last fall, English sued Mulvaney and Trump on the theory that the Dodd-Frank Act made her the bureau’s acting director during a vacancy.