Cheyenne Hopkins, Bloomberg

A court ruling last month cast doubt on the legality of the fledging U.S. consumer bureau and its director. Ever since, opponents have expressed hope that Senator Elizabeth Warren — the agency’s most ardent champion — might agree to trim its powers in return for its survival.

Warren signaled that she’s not yet ready to make that trade, although she didn’t rule any option in or out.

“A strong independent consumer agency is good for families and lenders that follow the rules and good for the economy as a whole,” Warren said yesterday in an interview. “I will keep fighting for that.”

Warren, 63, who has styled herself as an anti-Wall Street crusader, was passed over to be the first director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau even though she conceived it as a Harvard University professor and organized it as a White House adviser. After that defeat, Warren ran for Senate from Massachusetts and won.

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