*This piece originally appeared on the Brennan Center for Justice’s Blog.
by Victoria Bassetti, Brennan Center Contributor
With five investigations underway into ties between Trump associates and the Russians, it is difficult to know what each committee is doing. The Brennan Center for Justice created a guide to help you understand what each of the Trump probes is looking for and how.
Rarely has the phrase “you can’t tell your players without a scorecard” rung more true than in the multiple investigations of ties between the Trump campaign and the Russians.
There are now five investigations into the relationships between Trump associates and the Russians. Two committees in the Senate are conducting probes, as are two committees in the House, as well as special counsel Robert Mueller. Mueller, whose power is like that of a U.S. Attorney, is likely to say little unless he indicts someone.
The Congressional committees are a different story. Some or all of them will conduct public hearings, and there likely will be no shortage of committee members willing to opine about their investigation. Yet, the average person probably does not know which committee is doing what, which committee has issued which subpoenas for what reason, and which committee has held which hearings when.
The Brennan Center for Justice has compiled five tables that lay out what each investigation is looking at, what they have done so far and critically in the case of the Congressional committees, each panel’s rules for issuing subpoenas.