Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection Acting Director Mick Mulvaney announced on July 9 that he has selected Brian Johnson, currently Principal Policy Director at the Bureau, to assume the responsibilities of Acting Deputy Director. Johnson, a former aide to House Financial Services Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), joined the bureau late last year as Mulvaney's first hire, and his former boss praised the selection. "There is no one who understands the Bureau more or who is more committed to ensuring the Bureau lives up to its mission of truly protecting consumer access to financial choice and freedom," Hensarling said. The announcement came three days after Leandra English, who served as chief of staff under previous Director Richard Cordray, decided to end her legal challenge to Mulvaney for leadership of the agency and officially leave her post. English's litigation was filed late last year after Cordray stepped down and named English as his successor. President Trump instead appointed Mulvaney, also OMB director, to serve as interim head of the agency still known by the initials CFPB. English's suit argued that DoddFrank gave Cordray the authority to appoint an interim director until the Senate approved a nominee to lead the agency, while the Administration maintained that the Federal Vacancies Reform Act, which gives the president the power to fill executive branch vacancies, supersedes Dodd-Frank. English said she was stepping down in light of President Donald Trump's June 16 nomination of a permanent director, Kathy Kraninger, to run the agency.