Any plans President Donald Trump had of firing Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Richard Cordray became more complicated when the D.C. Circuit vacated and elected to review a court decision giving the president the power to fire Cordray at will rather than for cause, experts say.

In agreeing Thursday to the en banc review, the D.C. Circuit vacated an October ruling that made the CFPB an executive, rather than independent, agency. The decision has made firing Cordray, a move that has been hotly anticipated by the financial services industry and Republicans in Congress, that much more difficult. Until the case is resolved, Trump will not be able to rely on policy disagreements to dismiss the director, according to Alan Kaplinsky of Ballard Spahr LLP.

"In light of [Thursday's] ruling, and at least until the PHH case has run its course, I think that Trump is unlikely to try to remove Cordray without 'cause.' He might still try to remove him for cause, but that certainly will engender a separate court fight," Kaplinsky said.