New reports indicate that District Judge Amit Mehta, currently presiding over the ongoing case between President Trump and House Democrats regarding Trump’s tax information, signaled a speedy outcome for the dispute.
On Tuesday, Mehta gave attorneys for both sides until the end of this week to argue their points, and said the issue will then be “fully exhausted” while promising a quick ruling.
Mehta called certain aspects of Democrats’ handling of the case “bothering,” stating the subpoena appears to be an attempt to “get into [Trump’s] private affairs for political purposes.”
House Democrats, spurred by Elijah Cummings, have repeatedly sought President Trump’s tax returns and other information, demanding investigations in the wake of the Mueller report’s vindication of Trump against collusion allegations.
From The Hill:
A federal judge on Tuesday gave lawyers for President Trump and Democrats on the House Oversight and Reform Committee until the end of the week to make their final arguments on whether the court should uphold a subpoena requesting Trump’s private financial records.
District Judge Amit Mehta, during the first court hearing in D.C. over the subpoena issued by Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) for records from the accounting firm Mazars, said he considers the matter to be “fully exhausted” after hearing arguments from attorneys on both sides.
And he promised to quickly issue a ruling on the matter.
Attorneys for Trump and his businesses argued that the House committee had no standing to issue the subpoena, describing the request for documents as “law enforcement” and going beyond Congress’s authorities.
Trump lawyer William Consovoy said that investigating the president for potential wrongdoing was outside of Congress’s constitutional bounds, reiterating an argument that all congressional probes should be tied to legislation.
But Mehta pushed back against some of Consovoy’s remarks by pointing to investigations like Watergate that weren’t tied to specific bills.
“You mean to tell me that because he is the president of the United States, Congress would have no ability to investigate?” Mehta said, referring to Trump.
The judge also pressed Douglas Letter, general counsel for the House of Representatives, over the scope of the Oversight committee’s investigation.
Attorneys for Trump have argued that the subpoena is part of a fishing expedition by Democrats to find damaging information about the president ahead of the 2020 election.