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 Barr’s Testimony: John Yoo On Fox News

interview with John Yoovia The Ingraham Angle (Fox)
Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo discusses Attorney General Bill Barr's testimony and whether or not he lied to Congress.


John Yoo: Update On The Mueller Report

interview with John Yoovia The Federalist Society
Monday, April 29, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo discusses the conclusions from the Mueller Report and what conclusions mean for the Trump Administration and the country going forward.


Law Talk With Richard Epstein And John Yoo: Parking Strictly Enforced

interview with Richard A. Epstein, John Yoovia Ricochet
Friday, April 26, 2019

Hoover Institution fellows Richard Epstein and John Yoo discuss whether the Mueller Report is a vindication of President Trump or the predicate for impeachment; whether the White House can resist congressional subpoenas; whether the congressional Democrats (or a wily coalition of state governments) can force the president to release his tax returns; whether the Supreme Court will break new ground on gay and trans discrimination; and whether chalking tires is unconstitutional.

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Discrimination and the Ivory Tower

by John Yoo, James C. Phillipsvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

The Supreme Court may finally get to clean up the mess that race-based admissions have created at our universities.


John Yoo: Shocked That People At Justice, FBI Would Rely On Something So Flimsy As The Steele Dossier

interview with John Yoovia Fox News
Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo discusses the anti-Trump dossier and how it has been completely repudiated by the Mueller report, and what will happen next.


John Yoo: Christopher Steele's Anti-Trump Dossier Under New Scrutiny After Release Of Mueller Report

interview with John Yoovia Fox News
Monday, April 22, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo talks about the calls to investigate the origins of special counsel Robert Mueller's probe and whether this should be investigated.


John Yoo On The Ricochet Podcast: What Is Truth? (15:53)

interview with John Yoovia Ricochet
Friday, April 19, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo discusses the Mueller report.


John Yoo: It’s Now Impeachment Or Bust. As It Should Be.

by John Yoovia The Washington Post
Friday, April 19, 2019

It’s impeachment or bust. That’s the message sent by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III to critics of President Trump. In his release of the Mueller report Thursday, Attorney General William P. Barr only underscored this lesson by finding that the evidence does not support charging the president with obstruction of justice.

Analysis and Commentary

The Surprises In The Mueller Report

by John Yoovia Politico
Friday, April 19, 2019
From the instant Robert Mueller’s report landed Thursday, a nation of legal experts and analysts began tearing into its 448 pages, skipping past the heavy black ink of redactions, and weighing the special counsel’s findings and conclusions against the president’s claims about his campaign’s behavior with the Russians.

Tom Dupree, John Yoo Break Down Key Findings From Mueller Report

interview with John Yoovia Fox News
Thursday, April 18, 2019
Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo talks about the Justice Department's release of the 400-page redacted Mueller report to Congress, is there a smoking gun, and where we go from here.