Interim director: Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin
This isn't as crazy as it sounds. Because Mnuchin has already been confirmed by the Senate, he can legally step in to run the CFPB on a temporary basis. He would not have to give up his duties as Treasury secretary (including, pictured above, putting his signature on new currency).
Indeed, it seems likely that if Mnuchin is chosen, he would likely appoint a Treasury official to act in his stead in the day-to-day operations of the CFPB. This would ensure the Trump administration has full control over what CFPB does — and doesn't do — until an independent director in nominated and confirmed.
Treasury officials likely to be considered for that role include Craig Phillips, a counselor to Mnuchin, and Jared Sawyer, a deputy assistant secretary of financial institutions policy at Treasury.