U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, pressed President Donald Trump’s pick to take over the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Tuesday for clarification on her role in crafting the administration’s controversial policy of separating undocumented immigrant children from their families at the border.
Warren and U.S. Sen. Sherrod Bown, D-Ohio, sent a letter to CFPB Director nominee Kathy Kraninger seeking answers on how she, as the Office of Management and Budget’s program associate director for general government programs, impacted budgetary or policy decisions related to the Justice Department’s “Zero-Tolerance Policy for Criminal Illegal Entry.”
Noting that Kraninger manages seven executive branch agencies in her role at OMB, including the Department of Homeland Security and DOJ which announced the controversial policy in April, the senators asked whether she was involved in providing “policy and management guidance” on the Zero-Tolerance policy, helped implement it or worked with DHS on related budgetary and funding issues.
“The American people deserve to know what role you have played in developing and implementing this appalling process,” they wrote.
Warren and Brown asked for a list of meetings she attended related to these budgetary or policy decisions, analyses and recommendations, as well as topics discussed at any such meetings.
They further requested: emails and other documents related to Kraninger’s communications with DOJ and DHS officials related to development and implementation of the Zero-Tolerance policy and the separation of children from their parents; communications she may have had with the White House related to the policy; and any final or draft OMB analyses, recommendations or budgetary or decisions in which she was involved related to the policy, among other things.
Warren, who helped create the CFPB, pledged to put a hold on Kraninger’s nomination and to fight it “at every step until she turns over all documents about her role” in relation to the policy.