D.C. Circuit Court Upholds Subpoena-Like Power for House Minority

By Rohini Kurup
Tuesday, December 29, 2020, 4:18 PM

In a 2-1 decision on Dec. 29, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit upheld a subpoena-like power that can empower the minority in the House of Representatives. The court ruled that lawmakers can turn to the courts to enforce the seven-member rule—a little-known rule that allows any seven members of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform to compel the executive branch to turn over material related to the committee’s mandate. The case involved disputed records related to the president’s Trump International Hotels, which Democratic lawmakers attempted to access using the seven-member rule in 2017 when they were in the minority.

The opinion can be found here and below: