A federal district judge affirmed Congress’s authority to subpoena third parties while investigating the president.
Margaret L. Taylor is a senior editor and counsel at Lawfare and a fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution. Previously, she was the Democratic Chief Counsel and Deputy Staff Director for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee from 2015 through July 2018.
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Changes in congressional rules and procedures in recent years mean that today’s judiciary committee may not need the same kind of special powers it was granted as part of previous impeachment inquiries.
A federal judge is expediting his decision on whether the House oversight committee has the authority to obtain Trump’s financial information from his accounting firm.
An overview of a wild few days in the relationship between the two branches of government.
The lawsuit is not likely to prevail on the merits. But it’s consistent with the president’s aggressive stance toward Congress and could have the effect of tying up the committee in a lengthy legal process.
Mueller did not find a criminal conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia, and he did not conclude that President Trump had obstructed justice. But he did not exonerate the president either.
Congress has managed twice to obtain federal grand jury information in prior special counsel investigations, but the legal and factual landscape surrounding those situations is distinct from the landscape surrounding the Mueller report.