Obstruction, denied: Trump scores legal victory as ‘hail mary’ to block pick goes down in flames

A legal ‘hail mary’ lobbed by an Obama-era appointee to block President Trump from appointing a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) director was shot down in federal court on Tuesday.

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Judge Timothy Kelly of the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia told Leandra English, in plain English, no doubt, she couldn’t continue being the CFPB director just because she really, really would like to.

As the lawsuit pointed out, in a throwback to the regal disputes over British line of succession, English believed that she had the right to continue as CFPB director because she was appointed deputy director under the previous director Richard Cordray, who resigned Friday.

As the court made clear, paraphrasing here, ‘the president is the boss.’ That means Mick Mulvaney, who is being vehemently opposed in the mainstream media for not being a raging leftist, will become the next CFPB director.

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Despite the Democrats’ caterwauling about the pick, Mulvaney is a lock for the job because he was already confirmed by the Senate to be the director of the Office of Management and Budget.

Obstruction, denied.

Why does the CFPB matter? Because it was a leftist carve-out in the Dodd-Frank bill to create an unaccountable “regulator” that would serve the party’s left-wing agenda. As the Washington Examiner pointed out, there is no watcher watching these “watchers”:

Shockingly, and perhaps unconstitutionally, the CFPB exists beyond congressional oversight. The supposedly supreme body of our government, the one most responsible to the people, the one designated by the Constitution to control the pursestrings of government, Congress neither sets funding for CFPB nor has any real oversight besides confirmation of its members.

The presidential appointment is probably the least of the Democrats’ concerns about the CFPB. If there were any justice in Washington, unaccountable bodies like the CFPB would be dissolved or placed under normal democratic accountability.

Until then, at least a Republican-appointed CFPB director will soon be at the helm.


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