Trump’s shutdown could harm his legal defense as judges refuse to delay cases
President of the United States Donald Trump speaking at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

President Donald Trump's legal team will not get extra time to prepare its defense in several lawsuits over his potentially illegal actions, Bloomberg reports.

The Trump administration is embroiled in a number of lawsuits over his alleged acceptance of emoluments from foreign leaders, a law that restricts asylum claims and the policy of separating children from their parents at the border.

Lawyers for the Justice Department are technically barred from working when appropriations from Congress lapse, as happened when Trump refused to sign a new appropriations bill that did not give him money to build a wall on the Mexican border. Government lawyers had sought to delay hearings and filing dates based on the shutdown.

In a case in Washington, a judge denied the request to delay deadlines for a case regarding Trump’s restrictions on asylum, saying that it met an exception for government actions that relate to "safety of human life or the protection of property."