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.
Don’t Scrub The World Of Priceless Moments Like This Soccer Game With My Special-Needs Son

My imperfect son with cystic fibrosis turned a dozen grammar school kids into more perfect children. Kind. Compassionate. Empathetic.

Here Are Horrifying Things The Media’s Not Showing You From Inside The New Mexico Terrorist Compound

The evidence known to date, including some just discovered, strongly suggests the Wahhaj family had turned their rural compound into a terrorist training camp.

Why Deep State Sabotage Is Way Worse Than Trump’s Atrocious Infidelities

If the left succeeds in forcing Donald Trump out of office, the damage to our democratic republic cannot be overstated.

Here Are The Questions Bruce Ohr Needs To Answer In His Testimony Before Congress

Should Ohr show up ready to talk, House oversight committee chairman Trey Gowdy and his fellow members of Congress should get answers to these questions Tuesday.

Court Documents Suggest The Inspector General Might Not Be Investigating Bruce Ohr’s Role In Spygate

Attorney General Jeff Sessions and concerned members of Congress should request the inspector general investigate Bruce Ohr’s role as a backdoor conduit to the FBI for Christopher Steele.

In Papers Saying Papadopoulos Lied, FBI Reveals It’s Either Lying Or Incompetent

To say that George Papadopoulos’ lies (or inaccurate memory of the events, as his wife puts it) prevented the FBI from questioning, detaining, or arresting Joseph Mifsud is unbelievable.

How Bruce Ohr Could Implicate High-Ranking Obama Officials In Spygate

Reporting on Bruce Ohr suggests DOJ and FBI employees operated outside the chain of command and concealed evidence from congressional oversight committees.

New Details Show Firing Strzok Didn’t Remove All The Compromised FBI Agents Involved In Russiagate

This timing and number of interviews suggest the third unnamed agent had worked with Strzok and Page to devise a way to obtain intel from Christopher Steele after the FBI officially dismissed him as a source.

New Info Indicates Clinton-Funded Oppo Research Launched FBI’s Trump Investigation

This meeting raises serious questions concerning whether Christopher Steele shared information from his ‘dossier’ with Bruce Ohr, prompting the FBI to launch Crossfire Hurricane.

Notes Suggest FBI Employees Plotted To Keep Using Steele After He Broke FBI Rules

Notes Bruce Ohr took during a November 2016 meeting with former FBI employees Peter Strzok and Lisa Page strongly suggest the couple helped devise the work-around.

Michigan’s Underdog Senate Primary Winner John James Offers A Bright Future For Voters And Republicans

Ignoring the Michigan race as an easy win for an incumbent Democrat is a mistake, with several factors making this a contest to watch.

4 Things We Learned From The FBI’s Mostly Redacted Steele Documents

The FBI’s greedy use of exemptions left nearly all the significant details redacted. But we can still learn a few things from this non-transparent ‘disclosure.’

Why BuzzFeed’s Court Win Against DOJ Secrecy Isn’t A Win For Public Transparency

Federal judge Amit P. Mehta rejected the government’s claim that responding to BuzzFeed’s discovery request ‘would compromise sensitive law enforcement interests.’

If You Inspect The FISA Applications Closely, More Mysteries Arise About Joseph Mifsud

What began as a deep-dive into the Trump Tower meeting unearthed yet further proof of the DOJ and FBI’s abuse of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

New York Abortion Activists Spied On Pro-Lifers, Then Lied About Them In Court

The district court’s detailed summary of the facts exposes the lies and tactics abortion activists and politicians rely upon to silence pro-life voices.

No, Trump Knowing About Junior’s Tower Meeting Does Not Strengthen The Collusion Case

Rep. Adam Schiff’s tweets about the Trump Tower meeting show he either doesn’t know what he is talking about regarding the Russian collusion investigation, or doesn’t care to.

10 Key Takeaways From The Released FISA Warrants Against Carter Page

The 412 pages of documents turned over in response to a lawsuit included the initial October 2016 surveillance application and three applications for its renewal.

Fifth Circuit Smacks Down Abortion Chain’s Attempt To Snag Catholic Bishops’ Emails

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a lower court ruling on a Texas case related to fetal cremation laws on Sunday.

Texas Judge Gives Private Lawyers Power Over Federal Government In Child Detention Case

A state judge appointed guardians for every minor detained at the Casa Padre Detention Facility and ordered an investigation into federal duties.

Trump Is Right: Mueller’s Latest Indictment Suggests He’s Conducting A Witch Hunt

Contrary to the mainstream media’s narrative, Robert Mueller’s latest indictment does not implicate President Trump, but exonerate him.