John Yoo

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John Yoo is a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution, professor of law at the University of California at Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), and a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. From 2001 to 2003 he served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Legal Council in the Justice Department of President George W. Bush. Professor Yoo is the author of a number of books, most recently of Crisis and Command: A History of Executive Power, From George Washington to George W. Bush.

John Yoo co-hosts the Pacific Century podcast with Michael Auslin, where they broadly address developments in China and Asia. They discuss the latest politics, economics, law, and cultural news, with a focus on US policy in the region.

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John Yoo: Comey Or Brennan? Dispute Erupts Over Who Pushed Steele Dossier

interview with John Yoovia Fox News
Thursday, May 16, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo talks about the finger-pointing between high-level government officials over who pushed the unverified Steele dossier that was used in the FISA application to investigate President Trump.

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Richard Epstein and John Yoo On Law Talk

interview with Richard A. Epstein, John Yoovia Law Talk With Epstein, Yoo & Senik
Thursday, May 16, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein and John Yoo discuss the following legal controversies: what do Alabama’s new restrictions on abortion mean for the future of Roe v. Wade? What’s the proper libertarian position on compulsory vaccinations? Does Congress have a leg to stand on in its pursuit of Bill Barr? Was Harvard wrong to turn its back on a professor who’s defending Harvey Weinstein? And then, the professors finally answer the question you’ve waited years for: are bans on toplessness unconstitutional?

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John Yoo: Executive Privilege And Congressional Oversight

interview with John Yoovia The Federalist Society
Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo discusses the proper balance between congressional oversight and executive privilege.

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John Yoo: AG Barr Taps US Attorney John Durham To Investigate Russia Probe Origins

interview with John Yoovia Fox News
Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo discusses Attorney General Barr launching an investigation into 2016 spying.

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John Yoo On Donald Trump Jr.'s Subpoena

interview with John Yoovia CNN
Friday, May 10, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo discusses Donald Trump Jr. being subpoenaed to testify in front of the Senate Intelligence committee and what the committee might ask as well as whether Trump Jr. will testify and/or can be compelled to testify.

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The House Is Trying To Limit Trump’s Power. It Could Leave Him With Even More

by John Yoovia The Washington Post
Friday, May 10, 2019

President Trump and the House Judiciary Committee are locked in a game of constitutional chicken over executive privilege in which neither appears willing to veer away. Both the White House and Democratic congressional leadership seem eager for litigation. But in standing up against Trump’s far-reaching claims, the House risks suffering a permanent defeat that could leave the presidency even stronger.

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John Yoo: The Democratic Overreach Against Barr And Trump

interview with John Yoovia The John Batchelor Show
Thursday, May 9, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo discusses the House Judiciary Committee issuing a contempt citation to the attorney general of the United States because the attorney general has not given the committee the underacted Mueller reports as well as the underlying documents. Yoo notes that the president has a right to keep some of these documents confidential and some of the documents requested cannot be released based on the law. Yoo talks about how this will be resolved.

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Former Deputy Assistant AG John Yoo Offers Perspective On Unitary Executive Theory

interview with John Yoovia NPR
Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo talks about executive power, and the tug of war between Congress and the White House over the Mueller report.

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John Yoo: House Democrats Hold Barr In Contempt, Trump Asserts Executive Privilege Over Mueller Report

interview with John Yoovia Fox News
Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo discusses whether President Trump has the right to withhold the full Mueller report and the underlying documents. Yoo notes that the Supreme Court ruled that communications between the president and his top advisers are protected.

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John Yoo: Nadler, Barr Head Towards Contempt Showdown

interview with John Yoovia Fox News
Tuesday, May 7, 2019

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