AIN Update 

Congress’ powers of investigation and oversight are necessary for the health and stability of American democracy. Congressional investigation is not a phenomenon unique to the current administration. Rather, it has been a mainstay of divided governments for decades. When initiated on worthy, legitimate grounds and carried out professionally, such investigations provide a check on the separate branches of government. When performing this duty, congress should not be met with retaliation from the administration. A president’s refusal to participate or cooperate in the legislative process as a form of retribution against the First Branch is a violation of our nation’s norms. If such action does take place, Congress should assert its powers to continue the legislative process through votes and veto overrides. We must not forget that Congress is the First Branch of government, the one that most represents our diverse republic.