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

Discriminating By Race

by John Yoovia City-Journal
Friday, March 29, 2019

New York City has a serious problem with its schools. It’s not the high failure rates, low test scores, or deteriorating buildings. Instead, mayor Bill de Blasio and chancellor of education Richard Carranza believe, it’s that the best city schools—the specialized or magnet high schools—have too many students of the wrong race and too few of the right ones. Stuyvesant High School, widely considered the city’s most selective public high school, this month offered just seven seats out of 895 to black students. 

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The Pacific Century: Niall Ferguson On The Coming Cold War With China

interview with Michael R. Auslin, Niall Ferguson, John Yoovia The Pacific Century
Thursday, March 28, 2019

Hoover fellow and historian Niall Ferguson on China, Trump, and Trade.


John Yoo: Trump Suggests FBI, DOJ Investigate Jussie Smollett Case

interview with John Yoovia Fox News
Thursday, March 28, 2019
Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo weighs in on the Jussie Smollett case and State Attorney for Cook County, Illinois, Kim Foxx recusing herself.

John Yoo: Expanding The Supreme Court A 'Crazy' Idea, Will Turn It Into 'Just Another Political Actor'

interview with John Yoovia Fox News
Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo discusses the end of the Mueller investigation as well as the idea of expanding the Supreme Court, which Yoo thinks would be a disaster.


John Yoo: What Will Change After Hundreds Of Pages Of The Mueller Report Are Released?

interview with John Yoovia Fox & Friends
Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo predicts that when the Mueller report is released President Trump's critics will double down on their fishing expedition for evidence of Russia collusion.


John Yoo: On Fox News’ ‘The Ingraham Angle’ Discussing The Mueller Report Summary

interview with John Yoovia AEI
Monday, March 25, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo discusses investigating the genesis of the Steele dossier as well as the failures and wrong doing that caused the hiring of a special prosecutor to investigate President Trump. Yoo also discusses the Mueller report and Attorney General Barr's response.


John Yoo: Mueller Is The Gold Standard Among Federal Prosecutors

interview with John Yoovia Fox News
Saturday, March 23, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo discusses whether or not the Mueller report should be released to the public.


John Yoo: Will There Be More Indictments From The Trump-Russia Collusion Probe?

interview with John Yoovia Fox News
Saturday, March 23, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo weighs in on whether or not Special Counsel Robert Mueller will issue more indictments in the Trump-Russia probe as well as what is happening with the Southern District of New York's investigation.


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.

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.