U.S. consumer finance agency official sues to stop Trump appointment

File Photo - Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney waits to testify before a Senate Budget Committee hearing on FY2018 Budget Proposals on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., May 25, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The deputy director of the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau late on Sunday filed a lawsuit seeking to halt President Donald Trump from naming an official to run the watchdog agency on an interim basis.

Leandra English, who was named acting director by outgoing agency chief Richard Cordray on Friday, is seeking a temporary restraining order barring Mick Mulvaney, Trump’s head of the Office of Management and Budget, from taking control of the agency as Trump had sought.

The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, argues that Trump overstepped his legal authority in attempting to place Mulvaney in the post, maintaining Cordray had legal grounds to name his successor until a full-time director is named by Trump and confirmed by the Senate.

Reporting by Pete Schroeder; Editing by Will Dunham