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 TrumpAlaska Republican Party cancels 2020 primary Ukrainian official denies Trump pressured president Trump goes after New York Times, Washington Post: 'They have gone totally CRAZY!!!!' 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 CummingsDC statehood push faces long odds despite record support Federal agency to resume processing some deferred-action requests for migrants Overnight Defense: Trump says he has 'many options' on Iran | Hostage negotiator chosen for national security adviser | Senate Dems block funding bill | Documents show Pentagon spent at least 4K at Trump's Scotland resort 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 WatersBipartisan housing finance reform on the road less taken Manufacturing group leads coalition to urge Congress to reauthorize Ex-Im Bank Democrats' impeachment message leads to plenty of head-scratching MORE (D-Calif.) and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffTimeline: The Trump whistleblower complaint Hillicon Valley: Lawmakers say Zuckerberg to 'cooperate' on antitrust probes | Dems see victory after McConnell backs election security funds | Twitter takes down fake pro-Saudi accounts Trump asked Ukraine president to investigate Biden's son eight times in one phone call: reports 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.