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Mick Mulvaney In Senate Hearing: I’m Required To Be Here But I Don’t Have To Answer Any Of Your Questions

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Mick Mulvaney In Senate Hearing: I’m Required To Be Here But I Don’t Have To Answer Any Of Your Questions




Mick Mulvaney, who was appointed acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) by President Trump, told lawmakers on the Senate Banking Committee on Thursday that although he was required by law to testify at their hearing, the law does not require him to answer any of their questions.

“While I have to be here by statute, I don’t think I have to answer your questions,” Mulvaney told lawmakers. “If you take a look at the actual statute that requires me to be here, it says that I ‘shall appear’ before the Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs of the Senate. And I’m here and I’m happy to do it.”

“I want to make it clear, I’m going to answer every question that I can today. I’m not using this as an excuse not to answer your questions.”



Mulvaney made a similar remark on Wednesday during an appearance before the House Financial Services Committee, when he said that “it would be my statutory right to just sit here and twiddle my thumbs while you all ask questions.”



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