Judge sets Trump lawsuit over congressional subpoenas on track for quick decision
A judge in Washington, D.C., on Thursday said he is fast-tracking to trial the legal fight over whether to temporarily block a congressional subpoena issued for President TrumpDonald John TrumpMcMaster accuses some in White House of being a ‘danger to the Constitution’ Trump predicts Dem investigation will drive him to 2020 win Trump hits O’Rourke: ‘Boy has he fallen like a rock’ MORE’s financial records.
U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta wrote in the order that he has received full briefs on whether the House Oversight and Reform Committee has the authority to issue the subpoena to the accounting firm Mazars, “and the court can discern no benefit from an additional round of legal arguments.”
“Nor is there an obvious need to delay ruling on the merits to allow for development of the factual record,” Mehta, an Obama nominee, wrote.
The judge gave both parties until May 13 to submit filings stating support or opposition to his decision. A hearing is schedule for May 14.
Mehta’s ruling means there could be an expedited decision on whether the accounting firm can hand over the financial documents on Trump and his private businesses.
Trump and his businesses had initially filed the lawsuit last month against House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsTrump lawyers: House Dems to share ‘substantial portions’ of subpoenas Warren to donate money from family behind opioid giant The Hill’s Morning Report – Lawmakers split over Mueller findings: ‘case closed’ vs. ‘cover-up’ MORE (D-Md.) to try to squash a subpoena he issued to Mazars, seeking years of financial records.
The entire House Oversight and Reform Committee has since taken over Cummings’s role in the lawsuit, and attorneys for House Democrats are arguing in the case.
The president and his businesses, as well as members of his family, have filed a similar lawsuit to try to block congressional subpoenas seeking financial records from Deutsche Bank and Capital One.
Those subpoenas were issued by House Financial Services Committee Chairwoman Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersTrump lawyers: House Dems to share ‘substantial portions’ of subpoenas Export-Import Bank back to full strength after Senate confirmations On The Money: Stocks sink on Trump tariff threat | GOP caught off guard by new trade turmoil | Federal deficit grew 38 percent this fiscal year | Banks avoid taking position in Trump, Dem subpoena fight MORE (D-Calif.) and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffHouse Intel panel subpoenas Barr for full Mueller report, evidence Trump lawyers: House Dems to share ‘substantial portions’ of subpoenas Schiff introduces constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United MORE (D-Calif.).
Trump’s attorneys have argued that House Democrats don’t have the authority to seek the financial records. But the lawmakers have said the requests for the documents are legal.