Court Fast-Tracks Appeal in President’s Bank Records Case

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York agreed Friday to expedite President Donald Trump’s appeal to a previous decision that allowed House Democrats to obtain Trump’s personal and business financial records from Deutsche Banks and Capital One.

Appellate Judge Ray Lohier Jr. granted the President’s and Democrats’ joint motion for speeding up an appeal filed by the Trump’s legal team, the House Financial Services Committee and the House Intelligence Committee.

The judge’s order set a deadline for briefings in the case that stretch through the middle of July, The Hill writes. The court further requested that an argument in the case be scheduled “for the earliest possible sitting week” after all the court filings are made, which is after July 18.

According to a court official, oral arguments would probably be scheduled in August or September. Last week, another judge ruled in favor of House Democrats by refusing to grant a preliminary injunction over the subpoenas issued for President Trump’s financial records from the two banks. The two sides agreed not to execute the subpoenas while the court order was under appeal and the judge would pause the remainder of the case as long as the preliminary injunction ruling was under appeal.

U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta in Washington, DC, where a similar case is playing out, had previously denied Trump’s attempts to block accounting firm Mazars from handing over his records to Congressional Democrats. The President appealed the ruling in Mazars and the DC Court of Appeals agreed to fast-track that appeal.

In denying Trump’s efforts to stop congressional subpoenas from being enforced, Judge Edgardo Ramos argued last week that “Without the power to investigate, including of course the authority to compel testimony, either through its own processes or through judicial trial, Congress could be seriously handicapped in its efforts to exercise its constitutional function wisely and effectively.”

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