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Mick Mulvaney.

By the Sunday after Thanksgiving, Helen Mac Murray, a financial services lawyer in Ohio, had already started drafting a letter to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. It had been a tumultuous holiday weekend. The resignation of the agency’s director, Richard Cordray, spurred competing claims for the agency’s acting directorship and a lawsuit over the leadership. On his way out the door, Cordray elevated his chief of staff, Leandra English, to the role of deputy director. Within hours of the announcement of Cordray’s departure, the Trump administration named White House budget director Mick Mulvaney as the agency’s acting chief.

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C. Ryan Barber

C. Ryan Barber, based in Washington, covers government affairs and regulatory compliance. Contact him at [email protected]. On Twitter: @cryanbarber

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