John Yoo

Visiting Fellow

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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Discussing The Proposal To Eliminate The Electoral College: John Yoo On Fox News

interview with John Yoovia AEI
Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Hoover Institution John Yoo discusses the constitutionality of changing the Electoral College and notes that if the Electoral College is racist then our whole constitution is racist. Yoo notes that the Civil War and the three amendments after the Civil War, should have wiped out the original sin of racism that many people claim when criticizing the US.

Analysis and Commentary

Technology And The Fourth Amendment

by John Yoo, James C. Phillipsvia National Review
Tuesday, March 19, 2019

We close our series on the new Roberts Court and restoration of the Constitution’s original understanding with the issue most distant from the Framing: the rise of a new high-tech world. We now hold the equivalent of yesterday’s supercomputers in our pockets. Communications occur instantly, from encrypted messages to Twitter blasts that reach millions. Entrepreneurs make fortunes by analyzing and harvesting the 2.5 quintillion bytes of data produced each day.


John Yoo: Sen. Lindsey Graham Demands Answers From The Justice Department

interview with John Yoovia Fox News
Saturday, March 16, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo discusses whether or not the DOJ needs to turn over the additional information that Senator Lindsay Graham requested.


John Yoo On WMAL

interview with John Yoovia WMAL
Saturday, March 16, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo discusses the Second Amendment and gun rights as well as commuting Paul Manafort's sentence rather than pardoning Manafort. Yoo also discusses dual sovereigns (being charged for the same crime by the state and federal courts), which might violate the double jeopardy clause of the 5th Amendment. Yoo notes that the Supreme Court will be reviewing a dual sovereigns case this year.


John Yoo Says Mueller And His Top Deputies Are Tying Up Loose Ends In The Trump-Russia Probe

interview with John Yoovia Fox News
Thursday, March 14, 2019
Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo weighs in on the decision of Mueller's top prosecutor Andrew Weissmann to step down, and whether this signals the end of the Mueller investigation.

John Yoo Says President Trump Would Be 'Out Of His Mind' To Pardon Paul Manafort

interview with John Yoovia Fox News
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo discusses Paul Manafort's sentence as well as the prospects for a pardon from President Trump.
In the News

Why Pelosi Really Hates Impeachment And Other Commentary

quoting John Yoovia New York Post
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Why did Speaker Nancy Pelosi crush the hopes of Democratic voters by vehemently opposing impeachment? After all, notes Jonathan Turley at The Hill, “Democrats held out the prospect of impeaching President Trump as a top reason for giving them back control of the House.”

Border Security Officials Gearing Up For Record Number Of Migrant Families Trying To Enter US

interview with John Yoovia Fox News
Monday, March 11, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo discusses whether President Trump's nation emergency declaration passes constitutional muster.

Analysis and Commentary

The Republican Party Needs Asian Voters

by Avik Roy, John Yoovia National Review
Thursday, March 7, 2019

In November 2015, then-radio-host Stephen Bannon was interviewing then-presidential-candidate Donald Trump. During the interview, Trump expressed concern that, owing to American immigration laws, many foreign students attending elite American universities were being forced to return home after graduation. “We have to be careful of that, Steve,” said Trump. “You know, we have to keep our talented people in this country.”

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The Pacific Century: Learning From Hanoi And The Trade Deal With China

interview with Michael R. Auslin, John Yoovia The Pacific Century
Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Why Hanoi was not a failure; and whether the focus of the US-China trade deal should be on the theft of American inventions instead of tariffs and trade deficits.