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CFPB official sues Trump over Mulvaney appointment

Mick Mulvaney departs after a television interview at the White House in September, 2017. Photo: Alex Brandon / AP

Deputy Consumer Financial Protection Bureau director Leandra English has sued the Trump administration over the appointment of Mick Mulvaney to take charge of the bureau. While serving in Congress, Mulvaney voted to get rid of the bureau, which was created in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis to protect consumers against missteps on Wall Street.

The controversy: The Dodd-Frank Act says the deputy director serves as acting director when the director role is open. According to English's lawyer, Deepak Gupta, the Senate must confirm a new director first. The CFPB's top lawyer wrote in a memo that she thinks Mulvaney is now the acting director.

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Cambridge Analytica data scandal highlights chaos at Facebook

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Facebook was caught flat-footed again Saturday as it scrambled to deal with stories in New York Times and Guardian-owned Observer about user data illicitly obtained by a Trump-linked data analytics firm, including accusations from the British paper that Facebook had threatened it with litigation.

Why it matters: The scandal is another example of Facebook blaming outdated policies and ignorance for its platform being abused by bad actors — while struggling to contain the public relations fallout. The company is also tangling with the media outlets reporting on it.

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Source: McCabe gave interview, memos to Mueller

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Mueller after briefing members of Congress on Capitol Hill last year. Photo: Saul Loeb / AFP / Getty Images

Andrew McCabe, the former FBI deputy director who was fired Friday night, has met with special counsel Robert Mueller's team and has turned over memos detailing interactions with President Trump, according to a source familiar with the exchange.

  • McCabe's interview with Mueller's prosecutors apparently included what he knows about former FBI director James Comey's firing.

The bottom line: The memos include corroboration by McCabe of Comey's account of his own firing by Trump, according to the source.