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John Yoo in the news:

‘Donald Trump will protect you’: Some fear he is running to be a dictator

John Yoo quoted by The Washington Post, Oct. 12, 2016

For John Yoo, the conservative legal scholar … Trump “reminds me a lot of early Mussolini. . . . Very, disturbingly similar. …” Yoo said Trump’s promise to appoint a special prosecutor to go after Clinton is “a compounded stupidity.”

Why Snowden doesn’t deserve a pardon

John Yoo interviewed by WSJ Video, Sept. 16, 2016

“If you actually look at what he leaked, he provided our rivals around the world, and our terrorist enemies, with a laundry list of all the different innovations and techniques that our NSA and our intelligence services were using to collect information on their efforts against … foreign terrorist plots. I couldn’t actually think of something more damaging.”

Filling Supreme Court vacancies isn’t a good enough reason to vote for Trump

John Yoo co-writes for Los Angeles Times, August 16, 2016

While he is shaking up the world, Trump will also nominate conservatives to the federal courts — or so he says.  But no one should rely on his vague promises.  He has already flip-flopped on numerous core issues, such as the minimum wage, tax rates and entitlement reform.

Law professor John Yoo: ‘Strange’ that FBI did not question Hillary under oath

John Yoo interviewed by Newsmax TV, July 7, 2016

“I think it’s very strange that she wasn’t under oath and really, really strange that there was no transcript of the interview,” Yoo observed. “People higher up than those agents have to make the decision whether to prosecute Hillary and her aides. If they’re not present in the interview, how do they know what she said if there’s no written record of it?”

Hillary Clinton’s too big for the federal brig

John Yoo quoted by San Francisco Chronicle, July 6, 2016

The Clinton people, noted former George W. Bush administration attorney John Yoo, now a professor at UC Berkeley School of Law, “to their own detriment, have been dragging it out.”

A Nixonian overreach by the Obama administration?

John Yoo co-writes for Investor’s Business Daily, April 25, 2016

Litigation between shareholders in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and the U.S. government has called for the revelation of documents that the White House tried to keep secret under the doctrine of “executive privilege.”

How an international lawsuit could bring India and the U.S. closer

John Yoo and Riddhi Dasgupta write for, Feb. 25, 2016

The suit offers one beneficial consequence: it shows how much the U.S. and South Asia depend on India’s geopolitical position in securing the aims of the free world in the region. To this end, India, the U.S., and their democratic free-market regional allies could enter into a Concert of Asia for the 21st Century.

Trump and Sanders: The Founders’ worst nightmare

John Yoo writes for The Weekly Standard, Feb. 10, 2016

The men who met in Philadelphia in 1787 to write a new constitution designed it to prevent someone like Donald Trump from ever becoming president. One of their great fears was of a populist demagogue who would promise the people everything and respect nothing.

Trump on torture

John Yoo interviewed by The Wall Street Journal: Opinion Journal, Feb. 9, 2016

“The whole point of this very limited, narrow program is to gather intelligence, to stop future attacks. It has nothing to do with punishment or revenge, but that seems to be what Mr. Trump thinks is the whole point.”

Dreamers’ nightmare: DACA dies if Obama immigration action goes down

John Yoo quoted by U.S. News & World Report, Jan. 19, 2016

“I think the deferred action for ‘dreamers’ will rise and fall with DAPA,” Yoo says. “If Obama loses on DAPA, which I expect he ultimately will, then he will have thrown out a measure that a majority of Americans support in order to unconstitutionally remake all of immigration law.”

Obama is upending the role of the presidency

John Yoo writes for The Washington Post, Jan. 15, 2016

President Obama has all but declared that he will spend his last year in office acting unilaterally to advance his agenda. But his basic misunderstanding of presidential power will render his gains hollow, and his excesses will create the very tools to undo his legacy.

Should Cruz’s Canadian birth keep him off ballot?

John Yoo interviewed by HeraldNet, Dec. 16, 2015

“The Constitution requires the president to be a ‘natural-born citizen.’ But no one is sure what it means. It’s never been the subject of a definitive judicial ruling.” Yoo thinks the term applies to citizens “born in the territory of the United States.”

Donald Trump calls for ban on Muslim entry into US

John Yoo interviewed by The Wall Street Journal, Dec. 7, 2015

“The United States cannot discriminate on the basis of religion,” Mr. Yoo said. He added that in the past, the U.S. has discriminated based on country of origin, but that is different from a wholesale religious ban.

Paris climate conference: Without Congress’ support, Obama’s dealmaking powers are limited

John Yoo and John Bolton write for Los Angeles Times, Dec. 1, 2015

On one side is international pressure to vest any climate deal with what international law considers to be binding legal force. On the other is the political difficulty, even the impossibility, of approving a climate treaty under our Constitution because of the need for approval by two-thirds of the Senate.

Opinion Journal: The terrorist surveillance debate

John Yoo interviewed by WSJ Video, Nov. 23, 2015

“What the Paris attacks showed and what the Mumbai attacks had shown before is that a small group of terrorists who can coordinate their actions and get into a major city with light arms can cause enormous death and destruction among civilian targets. What our government and intelligence agencies need to do is to have access in real time to the broadest database of communications possible.”

International Criminal Court has spent $1 billion but managed only two convictions in 10 years

John Yoo quoted in The Washington Times, Nov. 15, 2015

During the Sunday talk, the terrorist attacks in Paris were fresh on everyone’s mind. Mr. Yoo used the horrific events Friday to note that peace and human rights never have been fulfilled through a European-style system like the ICC. “The greatest protector of human rights has been the United States and the United States military,” he said.

Gavin Newsom is no Kim Davis

John Yoo quoted in San Francisco Chronicle (registration required), Sept. 9, 2015

“If you’re a state officer, you have an obligation under the Constitution to carry out federal law.” You don’t have to agree with all Supreme Court rulings, Yoo added, you just have to abide by them.

Ignore Trump—the issue of birthright citizenship has been settled

John Yoo writes for Los Angeles Times, Sept. 6, 2015

“The 14th Amendment settled the question of birthright citizenship once and for all. Conservatives should not be the ones seeking a new law, or even a constitutional amendment to reverse centuries of American tradition.”

Professors sharply divided on birthright citizenship

John Yoo quoted in The College Fix, August 25, 2015

“The constitutional text flatly states that children born in the U.S. are citizens, without reference to whether their parents are aliens or not.”

On citizenship, the ‘birthers’ are right

John Yoo writes for National Review, August 22, 2015

The text, structure, and history of the Constitution all show that the 14th Amendment recognizes the citizenship of any child born on American territory.