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U.S. consumer watchdog official takes leadership fight to appeals court

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(Reuters) - An who hopes to lead the on Friday took her fight to a U.S. appeals court, urging it to oust Donald Trump's pick for the agency.

is the of the and argues that Mick Mulvaney, Trump's and pick to temporarily lead the consumer watchdog, was wrongly installed.

A federal this week rejected English's argument, leading her to file a further challenge with the U.S. of Appeals for the Circuit.

English has so far lost two arguments in federal court, both to the On Friday, her asked the appeals for expedited hearings in a fight that could end in the Supreme

"There is an urgent public need for clarity," wrote Deepak Gupta, English's attorney, in the filing. "Until the full judicial process has run its course, the Bureau's employees, the companies it regulates, and millions of American consumers will continue to suffer under a cloud of disruptive legal uncertainty."

The was conceived to protect borrowers from abuse, but has become a partisan lightning-rod as Democrats see it as a critical watchdog while Republicans see an excessively powerful bureaucracy.

English was endorsed by former Richard Cordray, an appointee of Barack Obama, before he stepped down in November. Trump named Mulvaney on the same day, setting off a legal feud that has been in the courts for weeks.

In the meantime, Mulvaney has made his mark at the agency, ordering a freeze on all new rules and other activity while he reviews agency policies.

Mulvaney, who also serves as of the White House Office of Management and Budget, is meant to only lead the agency on an interim basis. A permanent replacement to Cordray would have to be nominated by the and endorsed by the

(Reporting by Pete Schroeder; Editing by and Susan Thomas)

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First Published: Sat, January 13 2018. 01:33 IST