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.
This Maltese Professor May Hold The Key To When The FBI Really Began Surveilling The Trump Campaign

Did Joseph Mifsud use George Papadopoulos as a pawn to set up Donald Trump? Did he feed Papadopoulos information about Russia to see how the Trump campaign responded?

11 Key Points From The Explosive Manafort Hearing The Media Missed

A full read of the nearly 50 pages of transcript from the hour-plus long hearing bares eleven facts worth noting beyond their entertainment value.

Why Paul Manafort Will Lose In Court—And So Will Robert Mueller

Beyond the news that Robert Mueller’s charges against Paul Manafort were unrelated to Russian meddling, the government only decided to indict Manafort after Mueller took over.

Indiana Mayor Blocks Pregnancy Center From Site Near Abortion Clinic

Given the Women’s Care Center’s history with South Bend, one would be less likely to think its efforts to serve pregnant women and their babies would be thwarted by its own mayor.

Bombshell: FEC Records Indicate Hillary Campaign Illegally Laundered $84 Million

The mainstream media took no notice of a federal court filing that exposes a $84 million money-laundering conspiracy Democrats executed during the 2016 presidential election.

What’s Behind Anchorage’s Failure To Secure Women’s Bathrooms? Another National Pressure Campaign

Anchorage voters rejected a proposal that would have required government-run facilities to maintain single-sex protections, while allowing private businesses free choice in the matter.

ACLU Tries To Drag Catholic Charities Into Illegal Immigrant Abortions

Catholic Charities and other faith-based organizations could be forced to proclaim to young illegal immigrants in their care that they have a ‘right’ to an abortion.

In Absence Of Supreme Court Review, Massachusetts Judge Upholds Sweeping Gun Ban

On Thursday, a federal district court judge upheld Massachusetts’ ‘assault-weapon’ ban.

HHS Ordered To Help Illegal Immigrant Minors Obtain Abortions In Legal Win For ACLU

The ruling is a win for the American Civil Liberties Union in its ongoing legal battle with the Office of Refugee Resettlement.

ACLU Demands Ohio Birth Certificates Lie About Transgender People’s Sex

The transgender plaintiffs seek to force Ohio to issue them new birth certificates ‘to accurately reflect their gender identity’ as opposite their sex.

The Next Big Revelations About The Steele Dossier Will Come From Courts, Not Congress

More big details will likely come from twin U.S. libel lawsuits on a Democrat-funded opposition research dossier from a former British spy used to authorize spying on a U.S. citizen.

Judge’s Recusal From Michael Flynn Case Further Damages FBI, DOJ

Texts revealed a relationship between FBI agent Peter Strzok and Judge Rudolph Contreras. Does that cast suspicion on Contreras’ recusal from the Flynn case Strzok investigated?

Here’s The Dilemma Jeff Sessions Faces As He Considers Appointing A Special Counsel

Republicans want a special prosecutor to investigate the Obama administration, but the law only allows for the appointment of a special counsel in limited circumstances.

A Little Known Tweak To FISA Rules In 2015 Has Big Implications For The Carter Page Warrant

Congress requires the FISA court to maintain a pool of lawyers friendly to civil liberties who are willing to challenge the Justice Department’s applications for a spy warrant. But the court almost never uses them.

What The Federal Courts Are Getting Wrong About Transgender Discrimination In The Workplace

A brief primer on federal employment law exposes the error sweeping the judicial system.

Details: Trump Administration Agrees To Hand Over Long-Sought Fast And Furious Docs

The House Oversight Committee battled the Obama administration for years to get these documents on the botched gun-running operation released.

Trump Sues California Over Three Laws Designed To Frustrate Immigration Enforcement

Employees are prohibited from cooperating with immigration employees in California.

The Details In That Illegal Immigrant Abortion Case Are Finally Coming Out

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals filled in some of the details about a ‘barely 14-year-old’ illegal immigrant who changed her mind about getting an abortion with the help of the federal government.

The Same People Upset Over Cakes Are Now Cheering Discrimination Against Teenagers

Same-sex marriage is now considered a constitutional right. But the right to bear arms is actually in the constitution.

How Michael Flynn’s Case Could Prove Democrats Wrong About Federal Agencies’ Abuse Of Courts

Just as it seems the DOJ wrongfully obtained FISA warrants based on withheld information and hearsay, it seems evidence was withheld from Michael Flynn before his guilty plea.