Video: Elizabeth Warren Rallies Against Trump Over Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Prominent Democrats, including Massachusetts Democrat Sen. Elizabeth Warren, rallied Tuesday in Washington, D.C., to protest President Donald Trump’s appointment of Mick Mulvaney as the acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

As The Western Journal reported, Richard Cordray, who was appointed during the Obama administration as the first director of the CFPB, announced his resignation Friday and appointed Leandra English as the agency’s deputy director.

The move would have allowed English to become acting director upon his resignation, as mandated by the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act that created the CFPB.

Hours later, though, President Donald Trump appointed Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney to the position of acting director of the CFPB, citing the Federal Vacancies Reform Act of 1998.

The appointment caused confusion as to who was the rightful acting director, as English and Mulvaney both sent emails out to bureau employees identifying themselves as the director.

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English filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration on Sunday seeking a temporary restraining order to block the president’s pick from taking control of the agency.

On Tuesday, U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Kelly ruled in favor of the administration, allowing Mulvaney to serve as acting director until a permanent director is appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate.

That same day, Democrat organizers gathered in Washington to rally against Mulvaney and the Trump administration and show their support for English.

In attendance were Warren (who helped create the CFPB) and Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon, as well as a representative from the progressive organization

Warren addressed the crowd, emphasizing the importance of the CFPB, and calling on her supporters to “fight for it.”

“For six years, this agency has fought to keep people from getting cheated. For six years, this agency has fought to give consumers a chance. For six years, this agency has fought for working people,” she said.

“And now it is time for us to fight for the agency. Are you ready to fight?”

Meanwhile, Merkley expressed his support for English and claimed that she was the “legitimate director”.

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“The rule of law matters. The design of the law matters. We designed it for the protection of consumers across that nation … and we are going to keep fighting for that,” he said.

Likewise, a representative from accused the Trump administration of attempting a “coup.”

He claimed that Trump and his administration of “mega-rich bankers” are trying to “tear apart the cop on the beat that defends people like all of us from people like all of them.”

“The rule of law is clear. When the CFPB was being created, there was a choice that Congress could make. Should it let the president appoint directors or should this be an independent agency that is free from political pressure,” he said.

“The president’s one job is to appoint the director, and if that person steps aside and there is an interim moment … the deputy director becomes the acting director of the agency. It is clear as black and white ink in the congressional record that the deputy director of the CFPB becomes the acting director.”

He then reiterated that he does not believe Mulvaney is the rightful acting director.

“Mick Mulvaney is an impostor. Mick Mulvaney does not run this agency. This is an attempt at an administrative coup by this administration. And the American public does not like coups.”

Caterine DeCicco is The Western Journal’s Washington, D.C. Video Producer.

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