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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Law Talk With Epstein, Yoo & Senik: “You Asked”

interview with Richard A. Epstein, John Yoo, Troy Senikvia Hoover Daily Report
Saturday, August 17, 2019

Richard Epstein and John Yoo take questions from podcast listeners.


John Yoo: Epstein Lawyers 'Not Satisfied' With Results Of Autopsy

interview with John Yoovia Fox News
Friday, August 16, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo discusses Jeffrey Epstein's legal team's challenge to his cause of death.


John Yoo On "The Authorization For Use Of Military Force (AUMF)"

interview with John Yoovia The Federalist Society
Thursday, August 15, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo discusses the current controversies over the AUMF (Authorization to Use Military Force), which still generates a lot of attention nearly 18 years after its overwhelming enactment by Congress in 2001.


John Yoo: Judge Rejects House Democrats' Bid To Link Two Lawsuits In Trump Impeachment Push

interview with John Yoovia Fox News
Thursday, August 15, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo discusses a federal judge's ruling against House Democrats on getting former White House Counsel Don McGahn to testify and to have access to grand jury materials from the Mueller reports.


John Yoo Warns Against Jumping To Epstein Conspiracy Theories

interview with John Yoovia Fox News
Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo says he has confidence that the Department of Justice will get to the bottom of what really happened at the New York jail where Jeffrey Epstein died. Yoo also notes that the investigation should continue into the child trafficking ring.

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Pacific Century: Richard McGregor, The Party, And Pushback Against Xi Jinping? Also, South Korea And Japan Trade War Heats Up

interview with Richard McGregor, Michael R. Auslin, John Yoovia The Pacific Century
Monday, August 12, 2019

Author Richard McGregor discusses what keeps Xi Jinping on top, but is Xi facing a fall?

Analysis and Commentary

A Universal-Background-Check Law Would Not Violate The Second Amendment

by John Yoovia National Review
Friday, August 9, 2019

The terrible shootings in Gilroy, El Paso, and Dayton in the past week have renewed cries for Washington, D.C., to do something. In our federal system, the most effective responses will have to come from state and local governments, which have the primary responsibility and the broadest tools for reducing violent crime. But the president and Congress can act in one area, the rules for buying guns.


Why Trump Will Win His Challenge To California's Tax Return Law

by John Yoo, Robert J. Delahuntyvia The Los Angeles Times
Friday, August 9, 2019

President Trump and the Republican National Committee filed suit this week challenging California’s new law requiring candidates in presidential primaries to release five years of tax returns. The challenges will almost certainly prevail.


John Yoo: Justice Department Releases Bruce Ohr's Interview Records

interview with John Yoovia Fox News
Thursday, August 8, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo discusses the Justice Department's release of Bruce Ohr's interview records.

In the News

‘Totally Unconstitutional.’ Trump Sues California Over New Law Targeting His Tax Returns

quoting John Yoovia The Sacramento Bee
Tuesday, August 6, 2019

California Gov. Gavin Newsom expresses support for Senate Bill 27, which would force presidential and gubernatorial candidates to release their tax returns to get their name on the state ballot. Trump's campaign believes the plan is unconstitutional.