Nov. 28 (UPI) -- A federal judge Tuesday chose not to block President Donald Trump's selection for the temporary head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
U.S. District Judge Timothy J. Kelly denied Leandra English's request for a temporary restraining order against Mick Mulvaney, Trump's selection to head the consumer watchdog agency, after she was named acting director by outgoing CFPB chief Richard Cordray.
"The administration applauds the court's decision, which provides further support for the president's rightful authority to designate director Mulvaney as acting director of the CFPB," White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah said. "It's time for the Democrats to stop enabling this brazen political stunt by a rogue employee and allow acting director Mulvaney to continue the bureau's smooth transition into an agency that truly serves to help consumers."
The ruling can't be challenged, but English's lawyer, Deepak Gupta, said he would consult with his client about possibly seeking a preliminary injunction or requesting a ruling on a permanent injunction.
"This court is not the final stop," Gupta said. "This judge does not have the final word on what happens in this controversy, and I think he understands that."
On Monday, Mulvaney ordered a 30-day freeze on hiring, new regulations and civil penalty payments.
He also opened the Twitter account "@CFPBDirector" on Tuesday and shared a photo of himself working at a desk in front of a U.S. flag.
"Busy day at the CFPB. Digging into the details," he wrote.
While a member of Congress, Mulvaney co-sponsored a bill to eliminate the agency established in 2011 to protect consumers in dealings with banks regarding debt collection, credit card and loan companies.
Mulvaney also is head of the Office of Management and Budget.