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 FBI Would Be Guilty Of Clear Bias If Its Trump Investigation Were A Racial Discrimination Lawsuit

Hillary and Trump are similarly situated, yet in investigating allegations of illegality, the FBI approached the cases differently. It’s extremely clear from the inspector general report.

The IG Report On FBI’s Clinton Probe Reveals This Saga May Be Just Getting Started

The press is spinning the inspector general report as evidence the case is closed, but plenty of important questions remain.

What To Look For In The Inspector General’s Report About DOJ And FBI Election Interference

Tomorrow the inspector general for the U.S. Department of Justice will release a report about the DOJ and FBI’s handling of the Hillary Clinton investigation in the run-up to the 2016 election.

Here’s What We Can Glean From What George Papadopoulos’s Wife Is Telling Media

Simona Mangiante Papadopoulos has returned to the media circuit to defend her husband, and her statements have proved enlightening.

No, Sessions Didn’t Decide Domestic Abuse Disqualifies Foreigners From Asylum

Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ decision to limit grounds for asylum is another step toward returning the rule of law to this country’s immigration system.

‘Fire Jeff Sessions’ Is A Plot From Liberals To Scalp The President’s Ally

The timeline shows Jeff Sessions’ recusal was not premeditated, but in response to Democrat efforts to entangle the attorney general in the Russia collusion narrative.

Why The FBI Needs Yet Another Cover Story For Starting Spygate

An examination of the George Papadopolous explanation for its Russia-Trump collusion investigation shows that the public evidence doesn’t fit the FBI’s story.

Judge Tells Avenatti His ‘Publicity Tour’ Is Endangering Michael Cohen’s Right To A Fair Trial

The status conference focused on the ongoing review of the seized documents. Cohen’s legal team said they had analyzed about one-third of the material, or about 1.3 million files in total.

3 Reasons Rod Rosenstein’s Special Counsel Appointment Was Illegal

There is no indication of collusion, but there is evidence Rod Rosenstein’s appointment of a special counsel violated the Constitution, federal regulations, and his authority.

What You’ve Heard About ‘Missing Immigrant Children’ Is Probably False

‘The assertion that unaccompanied alien children are ‘lost’ is false. This is a classic example of the adage ‘No good deed goes unpunished.’’

Mueller Team’s Extra Powers Aren’t Shown Abusive Yet, But Could Be

At this point, there is no evidence Robert Mueller used attorneys with a dual status for inappropriate reasons, but the potential for abuse exists. Here’s why.

No, Dave Rubin Is Not A Hypocrite For Focusing On The Left’s Free-Speech Problem

Anthony Fisher’s column reads like a frustrated message from a jilted best friend, and his criticisms of Rubin fall flat.

It’s Time To Admit The Russia Investigation Was Illegitimate From The Start

While claims that the FBI properly inquired of connections between the Trump campaign and Russia were valid to a point, that point has long since passed.

The Public Evidence About Crossfire Hurricane Demands A Full Investigation, Stat

Rather than vindicate the FBI, this raises the specter that the FBI extensively targeted Trump campaign officials before its official launch of Crossfire Hurricane.

3 Big Takeaways From Grassley’s Oversight Demands To Rod Rosenstein

Sen. Charles Grassley, the chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, sent a seven-page, single-spaced letter posing 16 questions to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

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.