Covington today issued a client advisory providing an overview of expected congressional investigation activity in the new Congress.  The advisory describes the new leadership and priorities for the major congressional oversight and investigation committees.  While Republicans, who now control both houses, are expected to focus their investigations on the Obama Administration, those investigations inevitably draw in corporations and individuals who are caught in the cross-fire.  For most corporations, congressional investigations are a rare event.  But when they do happen, they threaten to trigger major legal, public relations, and business consequences. Congressional investigations are part litigation, part political theater.  There are very few rules that govern them, and much of the due process present in courtroom litigation is absent in a congressional investigation.  Today’s advisory offers a glimpse of what the congressional investigation committees may have in store for 2015.