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Leadership dispute at consumer watchdog agency comes to a close

Leandra English, who fought with Mick Mulvaney over leadership of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, will leave the agency and close her lawsuit, citing the nomination of a new director.

In a statement from her attorney Deepak Gupta, English said July 6 that she will step down from the CFPB "early next week." Gupta said they will file court papers July 9 to end the legal challenge over who should run the agency under federal laws governing temporary vacancies. The decision was made because "President Trump has decided to seek Senate confirmation of a new Director for the independent Consumer Financial Protection Bureau."

The CFPB did not respond to requests for comment.

The legal tie-up began in November 2017, when then-CFPB Director Richard Cordray stepped down from the agency and named English, who was Cordray's chief of staff, as his designated replacement. The White House then nominated Mulvaney to head the agency. The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that Mulvaney would serve as the acting director, but English filed a request for injunction in January 2018, asking the court to nullify Mulvaney's appointment because the Dodd-Frank Act stipulates that a deputy director "shall" serve as acting director in the absence of a permanent one.

During the power struggle, English remained at the CFPB and has been identified by the agency as a "deputy director" working in the office of the director.