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Wed May 15, 2019, 03:38 PM

Consumer bureau official at center of racial uproar resigns

Source: Politico

A senior Consumer Financial Protection Bureau employee whose racially charged blog posts sparked an uproar last year is leaving the agency at the end of the month.

Eric Blankenstein, the policy associate director for the Supervision, Enforcement and Fair Lending division of the bureau, is leaving the agency after 18 months for a new job elsewhere, he said in an email to employees on Wednesday.


Blankenstein, a political appointee hired by former CFPB acting director Mick Mulvaney, questioned the legitimacy of hate crimes and whether using the N-word is inherently racist, in old blog posts uncovered by the Washington Post in September.

The writings drew the condemnation of Democratic lawmakers, consumer advocates and agency employees, leading Mulvaney to refer the matter to the CFPBs inspector general.

Read more: https://www.politico.com/story/2019/05/15/consumer-bureau-official-racial-uproar-resigns-1444426

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