John Yoo

Bills of Rights at 225: Framers put federalism at core of Bill of Rights

John Yoo writes for, Dec. 21, 2016

Democrats are coming to have similar fears about a President Trump who might persecute minorities, lift environmental protections, or eviscerate social services. They should copy a page out of the Republican playbook and return to the states to rebuild their party. If they do, they will reveal once again the wisdom of the Framers in placing federalism at the core of the Bill of Rights.

Trump might be stuck with NAFTA

John Yoo co-writes for Los Angeles Times, Nov. 29, 2016

If Trump simply announced that the United States was pulling out of NAFTA, all the U.S. laws that implemented it would remain unchanged. Trump would have effectively freed Mexico and Canada to impose trade barriers against our products while leaving in place our preferential treatment of theirs — the worst trade deal in American history.

Team Trump is already filled with Washington insiders

John Yoo quoted by, Nov. 11, 2016

At a Heritage Foundation event Thursday, John Yoo … got a warm reception from the crowd by cracking about the closeness. “I’m surprised there are so many people here because I thought everyone at Heritage was working over at transition headquarters,” Yoo said on the panel about Trump’s win. “I asked the taxi cab driver to take me to Trump transition headquarters and he dropped me off here, instead.”

What the Trump presidency means for the Constitution

John Yoo quoted by The Daily Signal, Nov. 10, 2016

“It’s not just Supreme Court justices that are important,” Yoo said. “It is also who the attorney general is [and] how the Trump administration is going to interpret and enforce federal law.”

Yoo said that would “have much more of an immediate importance about the Constitution than who he appoints to the Supreme Court.”

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.”