Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) suggested Wednesday that Mick Mulvaney, acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, may have violated federal law by speaking to a group of donors, in the latest of a series of stinging letters to the Trump administration official.
Warren questioned whether Mulvaney, who is also White House budget director, violated the Hatch Act in appearing at a “closed-door event in New York City” this month with Republican Party officials and contributors, as reported by The New York Times. The law bars executive branch officials from engaging in certain types of political activity.
Your appearance at this private event with Republican donors and campaign officials raises questions about your compliance with the Hatch Act and other federal laws, your judgment, and your management of the Office of Management and Budget and the [CFPB],” Warren wrote in Wednesday’s letter, which was copied to the Office of Special Counsel and the Office of Government Ethics.
“The report of your meeting with top donors and campaign officials raise[s] new questions about your behavior, and require[s] an explanation,” Warren wrote.
“By custom, top executive branch officials and independent agency heads — financial regulators in particular — steer well clear of campaign or donor-related activity,” she added. Warren gave Mulvaney until Sept. 29 to answer 10 questions about the matter.
The CFPB did not immediately respond to a request for comment.