Mick Mulvaney, Trump’s appointed head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), confirmed a sad reality most Americans already knew about the power of money in politics.
Here’s what he said speaking to a room of 1,300 bankers and lobbyists: “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.”
Mulvaney’s main responsibility as head of the CFPB is to oversee big banks and hold them accountable when they try to scam and cheat the American people. Yet, here he is flat out saying that if they want something from Congress, they better open their wallets.
These comments disqualify Mick Mulvaney from serving as the head of the CFPB. That’s why I’m calling for not only his immediate resignation, but for the Department of Justice to open an investigation into whether or not he violated “pay-to-play” laws.
Behavior like this has been a hallmark of this administration from day one, and as disturbing as Mulvaney’s comments are, I can’t say I’m surprised. But that doesn’t give us an excuse to stop calling out corruption when we see it.
We cannot allow Trump, Pruitt, Mulvaney, or anyone else to normalize corruption. The day we allow ourselves to be silenced is the day we surrender.
Add your name today: demand that Mick Mulvaney resign and be investigated by the Department of Justice.