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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Analysis and Commentary

Roberts Thwarted Trump, But The Census Ruling Has A Second Purpose

by John Yoo, James Phillipsvia The Atlantic
Thursday, July 11, 2019

The Supreme Court rejected Trump’s citizenship question, but the ruling serves a conservative counterrevolution against the administrative state.

In the News

The Clarence Thomas Effect

quoting John Yoovia The Atlantic
Wednesday, July 10, 2019

The notoriously quiet Supreme Court justice has had a far-reaching influence on the personnel of the Trump administration, which may be his most lasting legacy. Clarence Thomas is the longest-serving justice currently sitting on the Supreme Court. For much of his tenure, court watchers and critics have dismissed his jurisprudence as largely irrelevant, demoting him to the late Justice Antonin Scalia’s judicial sidekick.


John Yoo: AG Barr Sees Path To Legally Add Citizenship Question To Census

interview with John Yoovia Fox News
Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo discusses the issues related to including the citizenship question on the census.

In the News

Breaking The Liberal Monopoly On College Faculties Will Take More Than Hope

quoting John Yoovia Daily Caller
Monday, July 8, 2019

As President Trump delivered his well-received patriotic Independence Day tribute to America, the braying leftist college professoriate erupted in social-media fireworks, underscoring the importance of offering saner higher-education alternatives to young people. UC Berkeley professor and former Clinton labor secretary Robert Reich compared Trump to a dictator glorifying himself with a military parade.


John Yoo: Reluctant Witnesses In FISA Abuse Probe Agree To Talk, Delaying IG Report

interview with John Yoovia Fox News
Friday, July 5, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo discusses the FISA warrant/abuse used to spy on candidate and then President Trump, and whether the misuse of FISA was intentional. 

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John Yoo Questions Why Navy Prosecutors Are Going Forward With Case Against Eddie Gallagher

interview with John Yoovia Fox News
Monday, June 24, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo discusses the prosecution of Eddie Gallagher and the chaos caused by the testimony of the star witness who admitted he killed the ISIS prisoner not Gallagher. Yoo wonders why the prosecution is going forward with the prosecution of Eddie Gallagher after the witness's admission.


John Yoo: How Will Supreme Court Picks Factor Into The 2020 Presidential Campaigns?

interview with John Yoovia Fox News
Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo discusses investigating the investigators.


John Yoo: Mueller Report Says There's No Conspiracy At All

interview with John Yoovia Fox News
Monday, June 17, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo weighs in on the Democrats' continued focus on obstruction and collusion, and Yoo notes that the Mueller investigation did not find any evidence of collusion/conspiracy between President Trump and Russia


John Yoo: Universities, Diversity And Free Speech

interview with John Yoovia C-SPAN
Friday, June 14, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo discusses diversity and free speech on college campuses.


John Yoo: Justice Department Looking To Interview Senior CIA Officials

interview with John Yoovia Fox News
Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo talks about Attorney General Barr's investigation into the possibility of interviewing senior CIA officials concerning their roles in the origins of the Russia probe.