Congressional Investigations

Congress has broad power to investigate. A congressional investigation can be particularly unnerving for individuals and companies, from the glaring media spotlight to the threat of subsequent civil or criminal legal actions. Congressional committees operate under a different set of rules and procedures than do the federal or state courts, with the added pressures of both politics and the press often involved.

If you have received a congressional subpoena, or other Congressional request for documents or information, KaiserDillon’s team will guide you in all aspects of the process:  communicating with the investigating committee; evaluating how to respond; providing documents or testimony, as appropriate; preparing to testify, as appropriate; litigating if necessary; and managing the legal, political, and other implications of the investigation and subsequent findings.

KaiserDillon’s partners understand the congressional investigation process from our work with clients under investigation, and from our work within the government. Partner William (Bill) Pittard joined our firm after serving as the Acting General Counsel and the Deputy General Counsel for the U.S. House of Representatives, where he advised on and litigated significant constitutional issues and worked with congressional committees conducting investigations into issues ranging from the use of performance-enhancing substances in professional sports to gun-walking on the U.S.-Mexico border.

As a key member of our Government Investigations team, Bill now particularly focuses on clients connected to the Legislative Branch, whether as officials of that branch or as individuals and businesses preparing for congressional hearings or otherwise responding to congressional inquiries.

Law 360 – “When Russia Investigations Collide” by Bill Pittard

Law360 – “The Latest On Sexual Harassment Reform On The Hill” by Bill Pittard Download the full article here.

Partner Bill Pittard recently wrote about sexual harassment on the Hill and pending legislative reforms. Bill’s article was featured over several days in Law 360’s Expert Analysis forum. In the article, Bill explains the current legal structure for the handling of sexual harassment allegations on the Hill. That structure dates from Newt Gingrich’s “Contract with America,” and the associated effort to provide in the congressional workplace the same protections that Congress already had extended to private sector workplaces. Bill’s article also chronicles the ongoing efforts in the House, in the context of the current #MeToo movement, to reform the current legal structure. The proposed reforms include providing free legal services for employees with sexual harassment concerns, and requiring Members to pay certain settlements and judgments out of their own pockets. With the House now having passed legislation, attention shifts to the Senate. Stay tuned…

What should I do if I’ve been asked to testify at a congressional hearing? – Bill Pittard

What should I do if I get a congressional subpoena? – Bill Pittard

Can I assert my Fifth Amendment rights in response to a congressional demand for testimony? – Bill Pittard

If I’m under investigation by the government, how long will it take? – Matt Kaiser

Can I just explain what happened to the grand jury? – Matt Kaiser

Can I travel while I’m under investigation by the federal government? – Matt Kaiser

A loved one has been arrested on federal charges. What will happen next? – Jonathan Jeffress