John Yoo

Visiting Fellow
Biography: 

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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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.

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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.

Interviews

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.

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John Yoo: California Is Trying To Meddle With Ballot To Oppose Trump

interview with John Yoovia Fox News
Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo discusses a new California law that requires release of tax returns to appear on the primary ballot.

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Mueller Hearings Recap With John Yoo

interview with John Yoovia The Bill Bennett Show
Saturday, August 3, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo discusses the Mueller hearings.

Interviews

Mueller Hearings Recap With John Yoo

interview with John Yoovia Bill Bennett Show
Saturday, August 3, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo discusses the Mueller hearings.

Democrat's Donkey
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John Yoo: Have Democrats Turned Into The Anti-Police Party?

interview with John Yoovia Yahoo News
Friday, August 2, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo discusses why Democrats seem to be anti-police.

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Peter Robinson And John Yoo: Justice Served

interview with Peter M. Robinson, John Yoovia Ricochet Podcast
Friday, August 2, 2019

Hoover Institution fellows Peter Robinson and John Yoo discuss Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing and the aftermath and lasting effects with Mollie Hemingway and Rob Long.

Interviews

John Yoo Questions Whether The Nation Needs A Director Of National Intelligence

interview with John Yoovia Fox News
Monday, July 29, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo discusses the nomination of Rep. John Ratcliffe to replace outgoing DNI Dan Coats. Yoo also questions the need for the National Intelligence Agency since we have so many other agencies working on national intelligence and security.

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