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Kavanaugh Nomination Likely to Pass Senate Judiciary Committee

Brett Kavanaugh, Trumps’ second nominee for the US Supreme Court, will likely have his nomination sent to the full Senate for a vote despite numerous demands for a full FBI investigation into his past.

Kavenaugh’s nomination has been slowed by multiple credible accusations that he sexually assaulted several women, with accusations ranging (so far) from 1982 to 1998. He is also well known in legal circles as a defender of his mentor, disgraced former judge Alex Kosinski, who resigned from the bench in December 2017 after being exposed as a serial sexual harasser.  

English Resigns, Drops Lawsuit

On July 6, 2018, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Assistant Director Leandra English announced her resignation from the CFPB. She also ended her lawsuit against the administration over the placement of Mulvaney at the CFPB. 

Richard Cordray, former head of the CFPB, had designated English as his temporary successor according to the process set up within Dodd-Frank, the legislation that created the CFPB. English was to head the CFPB until such time as a new director should be nominated. …

Mulvaney Fires Entire CFPB Advisory Board

On June 4, 2018, several members of the Consumer Advisory Board came forward to say that since taking over, Mick Mulvaney has been canceling required meetings with the board. Two in-person meetings and all but one conference call were cancelled. 

The most recent in-person meeting was cancelled with no notice to CAB members; they only found out when attempting to coordinate travel arrangements with the CFBP.  The only conference call with the CAB that has been held since Mulvaney’s appointment was scheduled to last a hour. …

Kraninger Nominated to Head CFPB

Under the law used to temporarily install Mick Mulvaney as head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), he would have been required to leave the job on June 22, 2018 - unless the president nominated someone to be his successor. 

Consumer advocates have been concerned that the current president would nominate someone even more unqualified for the position.  Qualified or not, any nomination would trigger a loophole in that law that would allow Mulvaney to stay until the nomination is confirmed or rejected by the Senate. 

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