Stanley M. Brand is a distinguished fellow in law and government at Penn State University. He supervises the Semester in Washington internship program. He has enjoyed success representing corporations, trade associations, labor unions and individuals in major justice department, grand jury and independent counsel investigations and trial proceedings.
Earlier in his career, Brand served as general counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives and was the chief legal officer responsible for representing the House, its members, officers and employees in connection with legal procedures and challenges to the conduct of their official activities.
Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy is already facing the limits of his power. A single member of the House – from the far-right Freedom Caucus to a progressive on the far left, or any member in between – can threaten his speakership. And at least one Democrat already is promising to do just that. […]