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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Race-Blind Or Discriminatory? NYC’s Plan To Diversify Elite High Schools Becomes Latest Fodder For Advocates Seeking Supreme Court Rollback On Affirmative Action

quoting John Yoovia The 74 Million
Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Speaking at a suit-and-tie gathering at the Harvard Club in midtown Manhattan, attorney John Yoo offered a message to New York City’s mayor and schools chancellor that could only be described as cocky: Thank you. Yoo was grateful for city officials, he said, for presenting “a case that’s going to be so easy for us to win.”

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Introducing The Pacific Century: China, North Korea, And The US

interview with Michael R. Auslin, John Yoovia The Pacific Century
Friday, March 1, 2019

The voyage begins when you push away from the shore.

Interviews

John Yoo And Julian Epstein Agree: Cohen Hearing Was Both Good And Bad News For President Trump

interview with John Yoovia Fox News
Thursday, February 28, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo discusses Michael Cohen's testimony.

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Law Talk With Richard Epstein: Well Dressed

interview with Richard A. Epstein, John Yoovia Ricochet
Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein and John Yoo discuss whether Michael Cohen’s testimony will change anything about the case against Trump; can the president’s emergency measures to build a border wall stand up in court;  whether the Supreme Court’s blow against civil asset forfeiture actually represents a constitutional error; and is a group of states about to take down the electoral college?

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Open Forum: Trump’s Wall Depends On Chief Justice John Roberts

quoting John Yoovia San Francisco Chronicle
Monday, February 25, 2019

John Yoo, professor of law at UC Berkeley, has published the thorough treatise, “The Law Will Be on Trump’s Side If He Declares an Emergency to Fund His Wall,” this month in the National Review. Pursuing Yoo’s argument to the end suggests the U.S. Supreme Court’s final decision will rest with Chief Justice John Roberts.

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John Yoo: Mueller Report Will Likely ‘Clear’ President Trump

featuring John Yoovia Daily Caller
Monday, February 25, 2019

University of California, Berkeley law professor and former Deputy Assistant Attorney General John Yoo predicted Monday that the upcoming Mueller report will likely “clear” President Donald Trump of any violations of federal law.

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John Yoo: Should The Full Mueller Report Be Made Available To The Public?

interview with John Yoovia Fox News
Monday, February 25, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo discusses whether the full Mueller report should be made available to the public. Yoo notes that it is up to the attorney general as to how much of the report will be made public.

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Open Forum: Trump’s Wall Depends On Chief Justice John Roberts

quoting John Yoovia SF Chronicle
Monday, February 25, 2019

John Yoo, professor of law at UC Berkeley, has published the thorough treatise, “The Law Will Be on Trump’s Side If He Declares an Emergency to Fund His Wall,” this month in the National Review. Pursuing Yoo’s argument to the end suggests the U.S. Supreme Court’s final decision will rest with Chief Justice John Roberts.

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What It’s Like To Grow Up In A California Border Town

quoting John Yoovia The Panther
Sunday, February 24, 2019

When senior Alexis Allen was growing up in Chula Vista, California, border security was something that was frequently on her mind. At her school, just north of the San Ysidro border in San Diego county, 75 to 80 percent of students were Hispanic, she said – and 15 to 20 percent lived in Tijuana, Mexico, crossing the border each day to attend her high school.

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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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