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William Pittard and Chris Muha Author Bipartisan Amicus Brief in the Supreme Court

The brief, filed on behalf of Republican and Democratic centers for bipartisan governance, addresses Congress’ power to investigate wrongdoing in the executive branch.

KaiserDillion Partner William Pittard and Counsel Chris Muha authored an amicus brief in two of the most high-profile cases in the Supreme Court this term, Trump v. Mazars USA, LLP and Trump v. Deutsche Bank AG. The cases ask whether, and under what circumstances, Congress may investigate suspected wrongdoing by a sitting President. They promise to shape the balance of power between Congress and the President, and the methods by which Congress may conduct its investigations, for years to come.

The brief was filed on behalf of The Lugar Center, founded by six-term former Republican Senator for the State of Indiana- Richard Lugar, and the Levin Center at Wayne Law, founded by the six-term former Democratic Senator for the state of Michigan- Carl Levin. It argues that, no matter which side the Court ultimately rules, it should make sure to preserve an important congressional tool: the use of “case studies”- investigations into suspected wrongdoing by individual persons- to inform itself regarding broad legislative needs. Such investigations, the brief argues, are not improper “law enforcement” actions, but instead are catalysts for important legislation, including certain landmark legislation enacted over the last 20 years.

The full brief is available here.