John Yoo

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Biography: 

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: Hoda Muthana’s Citizenship Status Depends On How Her Father Was Classified As At The Time Of Her Birth

interview with John Yoovia Fox News
Friday, February 22, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo discusses whether Hoda Muthana could be considered a US citizen and thus eligible to come back to the US. Yoo thinks Muthana could provide useful intelligence information to US federal agencies.

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John Yoo: Will Smollett Be Ordered To Pay Back Chicago Police For The Monetary Resources Used To Investigate His Case?

interview with John Yoovia Fox News
Thursday, February 21, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo says Jussie Smollett is in a lot of trouble for both state and federals crimes, but Smollett cannot be made to pay back all of the money for the resources used to investigate his alleged false claims.

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John Yoo On The Origins Of The Russia Probe: Rosenstein Was Over His Head And McCabe Filled The Vacuum

interview with John Yoovia Fox News
Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo believes Robert Mueller's report will clear President Trump of accusations of collusion.

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John Yoo: Has Robert Mueller Finally Finished His Report On The Trump-Russia Probe?

interview with John Yoovia Fox News
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo says it is in President Trump’s best interest that the Mueller report be released to the public in order to clear his name.
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California's Challenge To Trump’s Border Wall More Likely To Win On Narrow Grounds

quoting John Yoovia Gazette Xtra
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
When a lawsuit challenging President Donald Trump’s plan to build a border wall goes before a federal judge in San Francisco, California and 15 other states will argue that the administration’s decision to bypass Congress violates the U.S. Constitution.
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Trump’s Emergency Declaration, John Yoo’s Take

quoting Jack Goldsmith, John Yoovia Powerline
Monday, February 18, 2019

Over the weekend, I linked to Jack Goldsmith’s article on President Trump’s use of national emergency power to come up with the money to build more border fencing. Goldsmith took no position at this early date on the legality of Trump’s move. However, his initial view is that hysteria over it is misplaced and that Trump’s legal position is plausible.

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ACLU Announces Lawsuit Against President Trump For ‘Illegal’ National Emergency

quoting John Yoovia NTD
Saturday, February 16, 2019

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said it was filing a lawsuit against President Donald Trump following his declaration of a national emergency on Feb. 15.

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John Yoo: No Court Has Ever Struck Down A President's Reallocation Authority

interview with John Yoovia Fox News
Friday, February 15, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo discusses what qualifies as a national emergency.

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Trump Counting On Supreme Court To Vindicate His Emergency Declaration

quoting John Yoovia New York Magazine
Friday, February 15, 2019

In his strange, rambling, interminable press conference that sorta kinda announced his decision to declare a national emergency so that he can raid military construction accounts for border-wall money, President Trump acknowledged that this move will immediately spur litigation, and even that lower federal courts would initially stymie him. But he expressed confidence that the Supreme Court would eventually back him just as it did in the case of a revised travel ban that had been voided by lower courts.

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AP Explains: Can Trump Declare Emergency To Build His Wall?

quoting John Yoovia The Tribune
Thursday, February 14, 2019

The White House says President Donald Trump will declare a national emergency and take other executive action to allow construction of the president’s long-promised southern border wall, after bipartisan congressional negotiations provided less than a quarter of the $5.7 billion Trump wanted to start building more than 200 miles of wall.

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