Margot Cleveland
Margot Cleveland
Margot Cleveland is a senior contributor to The Federalist. She is also a contributor to National Review Online, the Washington Examiner, Aleteia, and, and has been published in the Wall Street Journal and USA Today. Cleveland is a lawyer and a graduate of the Notre Dame Law School, where she earned the Hoynes Prize—the law school’s highest honor. She later served for nearly 25 years as a permanent law clerk for a federal appellate judge on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Cleveland is a former full-time faculty member and current adjunct professor for the college of business at the University of Notre Dame, where she received several teaching awards. As a stay-at-home homeschooling mom of a young son with cystic fibrosis, Cleveland frequently writes on cultural issues related to parenting and special-needs children. Cleveland is on Twitter at @ProfMJCleveland. The views expressed here are those of Cleveland in her private capacity.
Why Did Giuliani’s Exchange With Cuomo Play As A Gaffe When It Wasn’t One?

For the last two years, the media has screeched about a new collusion theory on a weekly basis. But this latest exchange wasn’t damning for Trump at all.

Missing: Key Documents About Alleged Misconduct By Robert Mueller’s Lead Prosecutor

Late Friday, a federal judge’s office confirmed that several documents that would shed light on the special counsel’s lead prosecutor’s alleged misconduct are missing from the court record.

William Barr Won’t Check Robert Mueller, But He Should Check The DOJ

Democrats have nothing to fear in attorney general nominee William Barr, because he can’t do anything about Special Counsel Robert Mueller. But he ought to clean up the DOJ.

Oxford Students Want World’s Top Natural Law Scholar Fired For Being A Catholic

The natural law scholar is under fire from the social justice crowd for writing things that would be unsurprising beliefs for any Catholic to hold.

Mitt Romney’s Self-Serving Attack On Trump Stains His Own Character

Ironically, for a man who claims to want divisions healed, Mitt Romney’s public attack on the president served merely to sow discord.

58 New Year’s Resolutions That Don’t Involve Dieting Or Exercising

It’s that time to commit to a new year’s resolution. Rather than resort to the go-to pledges of years past, such as dieting and working out, here are 58 fresh ideas.

The Most Important Thing About Michael Flynn Is Not His Guilt, But His Politicized Prosecution

For many, the criminal case against Flynn was never about Flynn; it was about our country abandoning the precept of equal justice under the law.

Here’s What’s Weird About Robert Mueller’s Latest Michael Flynn Filing

Robert Mueller’s reply brief revealed several new tidbits about his probe and the earlier investigation into Michael Flynn, President Trump’s short-lived national security advisor.

What The House Should Ask James Comey When He Testifies Again Today

On Monday, former FBI director James Comey returns to the hill for a second round of questioning before the House judiciary and oversight committees.

The Federal Judge Overseeing Michael Flynn’s Sentencing Just Dropped A Major Bombshell

The sentencing memorandum reveals for the first time concrete evidence that the FBI created multiple summaries of Michael Flynn’s questioning, which may indicate they’re hiding the truth.

6 Key Takeaways From The Comey Deposition Transcript

Former FBI Director James Comey worked to establish his ignorance of the Russia investigation, which is significant on a couple of fronts.

A Giant List Of Questions The House Needs To Ask James Comey In His Deposition

These are a lot of questions, but if handled by a skillful attorney, James Comey can be led through the details efficiently.

8 Gift Ideas From Museum Shops Across The Country

While Amazon provides convenience and the mall, superstores, and specialty shops offer a plethora of other options, online museum gift catalogs offer the hidden pearls of the season.

8 Fake News Stories Being Peddled About Michael Cohen’s Guilty Plea

Following Michael Cohen’s surprise guilty plea, the media and critics of the president wasted no time pushing collusion narratives, conspiracy theories, and outright falsehoods.

New Details Reinforce That The FBI Used Fake Pretexts To Start Investigating Trump

The evidence continues to mount that during the Obama administration, the FBI used George Papadopoulos as a prop to legitimize investigating the Donald Trump campaign.

The Guardian’s Manafort Story Looks Like An Effort To Create Trump Collusion Narrative Three

The Guardian’s story represents the third attempt to convince the American public that the Republican presidential candidate colluded with Russia to influence the 2016 election.

John Roberts Is Wrong. America’s Courts Are Obviously Politicized

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts’ attempt to defend the independence of the judiciary, in light of President Trump’s comments that courts are politicized, did more harm than good.

The Judge Was Right: It’s States’ Job, Not The Feds’, To Outlaw Female Genital Mutilation

It should go without saying that FGM is a horrific form of child abuse. That said, Bernard Friedman reached the correct legal conclusion in dismissing the FGM and conspiracy charges.

Here’s What The Media’s Not Telling You About That Lame-Duck Criminal Justice Bill

A piece of criminal justice reform legislation is percolating in Congress. Here’s a deeper dive into what might change (and what the media isn’t accurately reporting).

What You Need To Know About The Lawsuit Against Trump’s New Asylum Policies

Today the ACLU appears before a Barack Obama appointee for a nationwide injunction against new asylum regulations directed at the caravan coming from Central America.