Leandra English believes it is her right to head off the Consumer Finacial Protection Bureau(CFPB). She has gone so far as to take legal action against Donald Trump. The lawsuit claims that the outgoing director has the right to declare his predecessor and Trump’s team disagrees. After all, this isn’t a monarchy, right? English’s lawyer clams ups when asked who has been funding her lawsuit and things only got weirder from there. Check it out.
Allahpundit has convincingly made the case that the attempt to install Leandra English as head of the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau was a brazenly political act. The outgoing head of the agency, Richard Cordray, wanted to kick off his run for governor of Ohio by starting a public feud with President Trump. He appointed English and Trump appointed Mick Mulvaney, setting up a showdown.
Sunday, English filed a lawsuit trying to claim her place as head of the agency. There is every reason to think she has the losing hand in this battle, legally speaking. Indeed, she has already lost round 1, but the question remains: Who is paying to fund this political stunt? Tuesday, English’s lawyer, Deepak Gupta, was asked that question and struggled with his answer.
I’m going to transcribe Gupta’s answer verbatim because it really is a spectacular face plant. Again, the question is “Who is paying your bill?” Gupta replied, “Well, uh, it’s, uh, it’s not, um, uh Miss, uh, English, uh-um, there are ethics lawyers we’ve consulted and we have a structure set up that complies with ethics rules.”
Pressed on why he can’t reveal who is paying for the lawsuit, Gupta replies, “Well, there’s an ethics structure that’s set up.” As Gupta keeps talking, eventually, one of the CNBC hosts interjects, “I don’t think he knows. Do you know who is paying for it Deepak?”
Gupta replies, “I don’t think it’s appropriate for me to be talking about that on TV right now. I think that’s something that should be addressed by ethics lawyers who have studied this and are setting up a structure.”