John Yoo

‘Charge the cockpit or you die’: Behind an incendiary case for Trump

John Yoo quoted by The New York Times, Feb. 20, 2017

Mr. Yoo, now a law professor at the University of California at Berkeley, recalled with amusement a dinner last summer with a dozen Claremonters at a Philadelphia restaurant famous for singing waiters …. “Between arias, I had to listen to these very distinguished scholars go on about the great intellectual virtues of Donald Trump,” he said. “It was hard to keep down my wonderful Sicilian meal.”

Trump’s ‘so-called’ judgment

John Yoo co-writes for The Wall Street Journal, Feb. 12, 2017

Questioning judicial decisions, and even the judiciary’s legitimacy, is entirely proper. But a wise president will reserve such attacks for extraordinary matters of state involving the highest constitutional principles. To do otherwise risks dissipating the executive’s energy, weakening the president’s agenda, and wasting his political capital.

Does Trump have the authority to ‘send in the feds’ to Chicago?

John Yoo quoted by Chicago Tribune, Feb. 12, 2017

“Simple murder is not a violation of federal law,” he said. “I don’t think the conditions in Chicago have any relationship to federal law.” The only way Chicago’s situation could possibly fall under the Insurrection Act, Yoo said, is if the murders also violated some aspect of federal law, such as acts committed by drug cartels or terrorists.

The Ninth Circuit Ruling

John Yoo interviewed by WSJ Video: Opinion Journal, Feb. 10, 2017

Essentially, all the Ninth Circuit did was refuse to block a lower trial court judge’s decision that we have to suspend the order so that people aren’t harmed, while the courts take a longer, more normal, deliberate look.”

‘See you in court,’ Trump tweets after 9th Circuit panel unanimously refuses to reinstate his travel ban

John Yoo quoted by Los Angeles Times, Feb. 9, 2017

Yoo said the 9th Circuit ruling was on less solid ground on other issues: whether the states had standing to sue and whether visa holders had a right to a hearing before their visas were canceled. The administration lost because “it rushed out this order in an ill-considered and haphazard way,” the conservative legal scholar said. A “more cautious, more modest” executive order would have survived legal scrutiny, he said.