Video Series

“Quick Insights on Congressional Investigations” is a video interview series hosted by Mayer Brown partners Michael Levy and Andrew Olmem, who on a weekly basis unpack the nuanced complexities underlying congressional investigations and provide guidance on how companies can manage and minimize the impacts.

The series delves into the nuts-and-bolts and strategic questions surrounding congressional investigations and provides tips to protect corporate interests during these crises. Each episode is short—3 to 5 minutes—and tackles one question relating to congressional investigations.


Episode 1: Are there differences between Republicans and Democrats in congressional investigations?

In our first episode below, Michael and Andrew explore the key differences—and similarities—between how Republicans and Democrats conduct congressional investigations.  



Episode 2: What are the biggest mistakes made in congressional investigations?

In our second episode, Michael and Andrew highlight mistakes they have witnessed in congressional investigations, one of the most significant being the target’s failure to take into account both the “congressional” and the “investigation” aspects of the matter. 



Episode 3: What does the election mean for congressional investigations?

The outcome of the US elections will change congressional committee leadership but may not change House and Senate control—depending on Georgia’s two runoff elections. In this Special Edition, Michael and Andrew talk about how they see congressional investigations proceeding over the next year and the areas in which each chamber is likely to focus.



Episode 4: What’s the worst that can happen in a congressional investigation?

In this episode, Michael and Andrew discuss the types of harm that can arise from a congressional investigation—focusing on those that have the most costly consequences for the target. 


Episode 5: How do you know if you are the subject of a congressional investigation?

In this episode, Michael and Andrew address an important, basic question: How do you know if an interaction with a congressional committee signals a congressional investigation or whether it is merely a traditional legislative interaction? 



Episode 6: What is the scope of a congressional investigation?

The congressional authority to investigate is far-reaching, but there are three broad limits on Congress’ power. In this episode, Michael and Andrew explore these limits—constitutional, statutory and procedural—and how they work in practice.