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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Expanding The Supreme Court Is The Worst Idea Yet From Democratic Presidential Candidates

by John Yoo, James Phillipsvia Los Angeles Times
Friday, March 22, 2019
“Medicare for all” and the Green New Deal may be bad ideas. But they aren’t the worst ones being floated by the growing band of Democratic presidential hopefuls. That honor is reserved for the disastrous notion of expanding the Supreme Court.
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John Yoo: The iPhone, The Fourth Amendment And The Roberts Court (Part 01)

interview with John Yoovia The John Batchelor Show
Thursday, March 21, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo discusses how the Fourth Amendment applies to our smart phones.

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John Yoo: The iPhone, The Fourth Amendment And The Roberts Court (Part 02)

interview with John Yoovia The John Batchelor Show
Thursday, March 21, 2019
Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo discusses how the Fourth Amendment applies to our smart phones.
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John Yoo: When Can The President Claim Executive Privilege?

interview with John Yoovia The National Constitution Center
Thursday, March 21, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo talks about how Congress might respond to the end of the Mueller investigation. Yoo also considers how President Trump might claim executive privilege in other contexts—like the House obstruction inquiry, a possible impeachment probe, attempts to prevent release of notes from his Helsinki meeting with Vladimir Putin, or in pending civil lawsuits against him.

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John Yoo: When Can The President Claim Executive Privilege?

interview with John Yoovia Constitution Center
Thursday, March 21, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo talks about possible scenarios and examines how the president and Congress might respond—focusing on potential executive privilege claims by President Trump. Yoo also considers how President Trump might claim executive privilege in other contexts—like the House obstruction inquiry, a possible impeachment probe, attempts to prevent release of notes from his Helsinki meeting with Vladimir Putin, or in pending civil lawsuits against him.

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John Yoo: Do Conservative Politicians Overlook Asian Voters?

interview with John Yoovia The Lars Larson Show
Thursday, March 21, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo discusses whether the departure of one of Mueller's top deputies is a sign that the Mueller investigation is almost finished as well as the strength of Asian voters.

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John Yoo: Former Obama White House Counsel Faces Possible Prosecution

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

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo discusses the Foreign Agents Registration Act violations that the DOJ is reportedly looking into concerning the lobbying work that Greg Craig performed for the Ukrainian president in 2012 -- a case initially probed by special counsel Robert Mueller.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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