Jamin B. Raskin

Doughnuts and a lawsuit: The battle for temporary leadership of the CFPB

Doughnuts and a lawsuit: The battle for temporary leadership of the CFPB

One came bearing doughnuts. The other brandishing a lawsuit.

Two officials with starkly different views of the job staked claims Monday to be the acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in a dramatic showdown over the leadership of the independent watchdog that spilled into a federal courtroom.

“It’s a mess,” said Ed Mierzwinski, consumer program director of the U.S. Public Interest Research Group. “It creates uncertainty about the future of the agency.”

President Trump’s designee, Mick Mulvaney, director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, arrived carrying a large bag from Dunkin’ Donuts in hopes of soothing over potential hard...

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