Kathy Kraninger, President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the consumer finance bureau, took a lot of tough questions during the Senate confirmation hearing Thursday, but the toughest came from Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren and didn’t have anything to do with financial protection, the Daily Caller reports.
Elizabeth Warren tweeted a video of the verbal assault:
Innocent kids have been traumatized by the Trump Admin’s family separations. Kathy Kraninger played a role in that policy, but won’t tell us what she did. And she refuses to say whether the policy is immoral.#FamiliesBelongTogether. Kraninger doesn’t belong at the @CFPB. pic.twitter.com/B8DMW5XI3N
— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) July 19, 2018
The Daily Caller had more on the exchange:
“Warren, a champion and one of the architects of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), used her time questioning Trump’s nominee to focus on Kraninger’s role in implementing the ‘zero-tolerance’ border policy and the separation of families who crossed the U.S. border illegally from Mexico.
“Little is known about Kraninger’s approach to financial policy, and while many Senators used the hearing to ask about specific consumer protection measures or how she would lead the highly controversial CFPB, Warren and others sought to tie the nominee to the more scandalous domestic policies of the Trump administration.
“‘I’m going to ask you again, under oath, were you involved in any way in developing or implementing the policies that led this administration to take thousands of children away from their families at the border?’ Warren asked.
“‘Senator, I had no role in setting the policy — ‘ Kraninger said, before Warren interrupted to say that she asked about ‘developing’ or ‘implementing’ the policies.
“‘It is fundamentally immoral and you, you were a part of it Mrs. Kraninger. It is a moral stain that will follow you for the rest of your life. And if the Senate votes to give a big promotion to you after this, then it is a stain on the senators who do so,’ Warren concluded.
“Warren and former CFPB director Richard Cordray were ‘determined to turn the confirmation process into a bitter and partisan political game; refusing once again to relinquish their grip on an agency that they believe ‘belongs’ to them,’ Ken Blackwell, former Ohio secretary of state and member of Trump’s transition team, said in a statement.”
This is what Warren has been characterized by, and she continues to feed into this characterization. She used all seven minutes of her time to completely switch topics over to the Trump administration’s border policies, rather than asking Kraninger about her stance on fiscal policy.