White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders will likely field questions Monday about the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s dueling acting directors.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is scheduled to speak in a news briefing at 3:15 p.m. ET Monday. Watch live in the player above.
Amid conflict over the leadership of the agency, both people claiming to be in charge reached out to staffers Monday. That’s according to people close to the agency, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to speak publicly.
Leandra English, who was elevated to interim director of the bureau last week by its outgoing director, sent staff an email offering Thanksgiving wishes.
President Donald Trump’s choice for the job — White House budget director Mick Mulvaney — then emailed staff to tell them to “disregard” any instructions from English. He also offered donuts.
English has filed suit, contending that federal law puts her in charge. The White House has maintained that the president has the power to appoint an acting director.
The White House is releasing legal memos in an effort to justify President Donald Trump’s selection of Budget Director Mick Mulvaney to serve as acting head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says “there should be no question” that Mulvaney is in charge of the agency. And she says it was an unfortunate “stunt” for former director Richard Cordray to appoint an acting successor when he left office.
The White House says the Obama administration took a similar position when filling a vacancy on the National Labor Relations Board.
PBS NewsHour will update this story as it develops.