Richard Cordray, head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), complained about “character assassination” after being asked about his private text messages during a U.S. House Financial Services Committee hearing on Wednesday.

An exclusive report in the Daily Caller in January exposed Richard Cordray’s possibly illegal use of a private device to communicate about official business. Using a private device is ostensibly legal, as long as the messages are copied to an official device or backed up within 20 days of their creation.

This reporter obtained several FOIA request responses that indicated Cordray was using a private device without backing the messages up. (RELATED: EXCLUSIVE: CFPB Head Cordray Used Private Device, Didn’t Create Records Of Messages)

Those records also indicated connections between the CFPB and a longtime Democratic lobbyist and Clinton donor (RELATED: EXCLUSIVE: Exposed Richard Cordray Texts Contain Worrying CFPB-Lobbyist Connections)

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