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U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass)

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) speaks during a Senate confirmation hearing July 19, 2018 on Capitol Hill. (Photo: C-SPAN)

In Fiery Exchange, Warren Tells Trump Nominee Kathy Kraninger Her Role in Cruel Child Detention '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," the Massachusetts senator said, "then it is a stain on the senators who do so."

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) verbally eviscerated Kathy Kraninger, President Donald Trump's "unqualified" nominee to run the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), during a Senate confirmation hearing on Thursday in which her role in the administration's cruel child detention policy was a focus.

Unsatisfied with Kraninger's responses to questions about her role in implementing the Trump administration's "fundamentally immoral" policy of forcibly separating immigrant families—as an associate director at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB)—Warren declared: "You were part of it, Ms. 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."

The senator posted her exchange with Kraninger on Twitter:

While Warren's hearing questions heavily focused on Kraninger's role in implementing the family separation policy, in a report released Wednesday detailing the nominee's "dismal management record," she expressed concerns about Kraninger's involvement with the Trump administration's "botched" response to the humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria:

Warren—who is co-sponsoring legislation that aims to improve the federal government's ongoing recovery efforts in Puerto Rico—is far from alone in her worries about Kraninger's record.

Kraninger is currently helping oversee the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security at the OMB, where she answers to director Mick Mulvaney, who also has been serving as acting director of the CFPB. Critics have warned that Kraninger, if confirmed by the Senate, will continue Mulvaney's mission of gutting the agency that's meant to protect consumers from the financial industry's abuses.

Urging senators to reject Trump's nominee, Karl Frisch, executive director of the consumer watchdog Allied Progress, said in a statement, "Kraninger's career has been marked by far too many high-profile examples of mismanagement for her nomination to warrant serious consideration."

U.S. PIRG and 103 other groups representing consumers, small businesses, students, and workers have released a video which notes Kraninger's troubling record while also emphasizing that the agency director isn't the only threat to the CFPB. The groups warn that if Congress attempts to weaken or dismantle the CFPB, those lawmakers also must be held accountable.

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