Mick Mulvaney is the the Director of Office of Management and Budget “and the “temporary,” unconfirmed director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. He is directing both CFPB and OMB, simultaneously. This situation exists because the Trump administration has not yet filled several White House positions, and because Mulvaney told President Trump he could handle both positions. Mick Mulvaney’s grasp of ethics is remarkably weak, as shown by the advice he gave to banking industry executives on April 24. He stated bankers should pressure lawmakers hard to follow the banker’s agenda, and confessed that when he was a congressman, he would meet only with lobbyists who had contributed large funds to his campaign.
Mr. Mulvaney, a former Republican congressman from South Carolina, stated, “We had a hierarchy in my office in Congress. If you’re a lobbyist who never gave us money, I didn’t talk to you. If you’re a lobbyist who gave us money, I might talk to you.”
He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010, to represent South Carolina’s fifth congressional district. He served in this role until his confirmation as Director of Office of Management and Budget. In November of 2017, Trump appointed Mulvaney to serve as “Acting Director.” His appointment was contested by the Deputy Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Leandra English, who was concerned with his ethics. However, a federal judge ruled in his favor.
Mulvaney has also supported Trump in his efforts to block a request asking how many waivers he’s granted to ex-lobbyists in his new administration. Trump and Mulvaney take the position the government ethics office does not have the authority to force the president into tell how many waivers he’s granted. Mulvaney asked the Office of Government Ethics director, Walter Shaub, to halt the inquiry into how many lobbyists-turned-Trump administration employees there are. He wrote a letter to Shaub, suggesting “This data call appears to raise legal questions regarding the scope of OGE’s authorities.”
The dismantling of the U.S. Government continues.