After Julie Williams, the longtime No. 2 at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, announced she was leaving, one question dominated the resulting discussion: Was she pushed out or did she jump?

Williams has been a dominant force at the agency for 19 years, serving four comptrollers and seen as the principal architect of the OCC's controversial 2004 preemption rules.

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