John Yoo

Privacy vs. Security: Experts debate merits of each in tech-rich world

Catherine Crump and John Yoo quoted in Government Technology, June 7, 2017

“The problem with that is you cannot build a backdoor that works only for the U.S. government, good guys or other people with good motives,” Crump argued. “If you build it for them, encryption will be weakened for everyone.”

“It’s possible that a consequence of more encryption might actually be more security for our country. I just don’t see why Apple gets to decide that for the United States,” Yoo said. “I think if that is really a consequence of increasing encryption, then our government, who we elect and send to Washington, should make that call.”

On travel ban, judges reach ‘Trump only’ decision

John Yoo quoted by Washington Examiner, May 26, 2017

“The Fourth Circuit clearly says that the executive order is legal on its face because of its invocation of national security reasons. But the court refuses to apply the traditional deference to the president and Congress in immigration affairs because of Trump’s statements both as a candidate and as president that — it claims — reveal he is acting in bad faith.”

Despite Comey firing, still no need for ‘independent counsel’

John Yoo co-writes for The Philadelphia Inquirer, May 14, 2017

Critics who believe Trump is violating the limits of presidential power should not turn outside the Constitution itself for the answer. Instead, Republicans and Democrats should pause, take a deep breath, and let the Constitution work. The institutions designed by our Founders will survive Trump, as they did the presidents before.

Limits of presidential power

John Yoo interviewed by KQED-TV Newsroom, April 7, 2017

Presidents have long used force abroad without getting a declaration of war from congress. In fact, we haven’t declared war since World War II. … However, a lot of presidents want to have a show of political support from Congress, and so it may behoove Trump to go back and show some kind of support for the action.

Opinion Journal: The filibuster’s forgotten history

John Yoo interviewed by WSJ Opinion Journal, April 6, 2017

“There was no filibuster in the original Constitution. There was no filibuster until 1837. So for the most basic and important questions of our country’s early history, there’d been no filibuster. … What the filibuster had become was a way to shut off debate, to prevent the Senate from taking our important issues of the day and moving forward to address them.”

How to stop worrying and learn to love the nuclear option

John Yoo co-writes for The Wall Street Journal, April 6, 2017

Arcane and opaque rules have allowed a minority to paralyze the Senate and prevent consideration of nominees, treaties and legislation. Democracy is too important to permit winks, nods and obstruction to be the order of the day. Senators should stop worrying and learn to love the nuclear option.

Trump has the power to revoke Bears Ears monument declaration, report says

John Yoo quoted by The Salt Lake Tribune, March 29, 2017

“This opinion is poorly reasoned; misconstrued a prior opinion, which came to the opposite result; and is inconsistent with constitutional, statutory, and case law governing the president’s exercise of analogous grants of power,” Yoo and Gaziano wrote. “Based on a more careful legal analysis, we believe that a general discretionary revocation power exists.”