FBI director, under pressure, replacing Comey aides| Mulvaney calls for ‘humility’ from CFPB

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FBI Director Christopher Wray is reportedly filling two senior positions previously held by people who served under former FBI chief James Comey.

Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Christopher Wray, who has been under pressure to remove top officials at the bureau, is filling two senior positions previously held by people who served under former director James Comey, the Washington Post reports.

Wray has faced pressure from Attorney General Jeff Sessions to make personnel changes, and has resisted calls to replace the FBI’s deputy director, Andrew McCabe — a frequent target of President Donald Trump’s. McCabe is an ally of Comey, who Trump fired. The Post said Dana Boente, who has risen to prominence in a variety of acting roles in the Trump administration, has been selected to be the FBI’s next general counsel. And Wray will replace his chief of staff with Zachary Harmon, a colleague from the law firm where Wray was a partner before joining the bureau, the Post said.

‘Humility’ sought at CFPB: The New York Times reports White House budget director Mick Mulvaney turned his attention to his secondary job of running the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Tuesday, sending a 1,118-word mission statement to bureau staff after the government reopened. Mulvaney outlined a vision for an agency that enforces financial regulations and consumer protections with “humility and prudence,” and that will no longer “push the envelope” when it comes to jurisdiction, according to the memo.

He insisted he would not shutter the bureau, if only because doing so would be against the law.

Also see: Mulvaney tells Fed he doesn’t want any money for the CFPB.

Ross splits with Trump over ‘trade war’: Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross told reporters in Davos that trade wars “are fought every single day” and the U.S. has been engaged in one “for quite a little while,” Bloomberg reports. Those comments diverge from ones made by Trump on Tuesday, when he said “there won’t be a trade war” after signing orders imposing tariffs on solar panel and washing machine imports.

Trump Today: President says there won’t be ‘trade war’ as he signs tariff orders.



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