Warren questions Mulvaney's reported private event with Republican donors, officials

by Francis Monfort24 Sep 2018

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has raised concerns over Mick Mulvaney’s management of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Office of Management and Budget as well as his compliance with the Hatch Act following a report of a “closed door event” with Republican donors and campaign officials.

Mulvaney is acting director of the CFPB and director of the OMB.

According to a New York Times report cited by Warren, Mulvaney attended the private event in New York City and provided "an unusually raw assessment of [the Republican] party's strengths and weaknesses in the midterm elections" to attendees.

"The report of your meeting with top donors and campaign officials raise new questions about your behavior, and require an explanation," Warren said in a letter to Mulvaney. "I do not understand how your decision to do so was consistent with your responsibilities either as OMB director, or as acting director of the CFPB."

In her letter, Warren asked Mulvaney detailed questions about his appearance at the event, including in what capacity he attended, a copy of the event invitation, details of his travel and stay in New York, including information on the cost, and a complete list of attendees and matters discussed at the event.

The senator also sent a copy of the letter to the head of the Office of Special Counsel and the Office of Government Ethics.