Mulvaney calls for unity at consumer bureau amid racial controversy

The acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a call for unity to agency employees Thursday amid a backlash over racially charged writings by a top official he appointed.

Acting CFPB Director Mick Mulvaney urged agency staffers to treat each other with “professionalism, respect and civility,” in an internal Thursday email obtained by The Hill, asking the consumer watchdog agency to come together around its mission.

“We do our work together, and we are either going to choose to do it very well, or we won’t,” Mulvaney wrote. “That is a choice we make together. Our focus must always remain on doing our jobs, enforcing the law and working together to do a great job for the American people.”

Mulvaney has faced an internal rebellion inside the CFPB over the emergence of blog posts dismissing hate crimes that were written 14 years ago by Eric Blankenstein, the bureau’s director of supervision, enforcement and fair lending.

Blankenstein, appointed by Mulvaney to oversee CFPB racial discrimination cases, wrote anonymously in 2004 that most reported hate crimes were hoaxes and questioned if using the n-word was inherently racist. The blog posts were discovered by the Washington Post last month, and incited an uproar among CFPB veterans appointed during the Obama administration.

Source: The Hill

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