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 instructor 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.
Mueller Passed The Prosecutorial Buck, Preferring To Slime Trump On Obstruction Rather Than Indict

After two years and spending an estimated $35 million, Robert Mueller issued a 448-page report that ignored the governing special counsel regulations.

If Democrat Attacks On Barr Were True, They’d Mean Appointing A Second Special Counsel

Democrats and the media seem oblivious to the implication of their attacks: Barr’s supposed lack of independence would justify a second special counsel.

Has The DOJ Closed Its Inquiry Into Dossier Fabulist Christopher Steele?

A close look at recent filings in the CNN open records lawsuit against the FBI suggests that the DOJ has already closed senators’ criminal referral of Christopher Steele.

Was Nellie Ohr’s Research Used In FISA Applications To Surveil The Trump Campaign?

Recently released transcripts of congressional testimony now raise the specter that the FBI also used Nellie Ohr’s opposition research in the FISA applications.

Papadopoulos Hints Conversation That Launched Trump-Russia Probe Was FBI Setup

These new revelations raise fresh concerns that, with the approval of the FBI, foreign governments were meddling in the 2016 election.

USA Today Blacklists The Federalist For The Crime Of Getting The Trump-Russia Story Right

The irony could not be richer. Within days of Mueller’s report exposing the mainstream media as highly paid scandalmongers, a USA Today editor branded The Federalist ‘not reliable.’

61 Hacks Who Peddled Russian Collusion And Should Never Be Trusted Again

Now that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has closed the door on Russian collusion hysteria, let’s take a look back at the Most Mistaken Men and Women in America.

It’s Time For Trump’s Critics To Admit Russian Collusion Didn’t Happen

Ignored in the wake of Robert Mueller’s report is the reality that none of the charges related to the purported collusion with Russia or criminal conduct connected to Trump or the election.

Who Launched An Investigation Into Trump’s Campaign Before Crossfire Hurricane?

If Crossfire Hurricane was the only investigation launched by FBI headquarters, who initiated the earlier investigation using informant Stefan Halper?

Did Peter Strzok Lie, Or Was There A Spy Targeting The Trump Campaign? 

And Lisa Page’s testimony creates yet a bigger problem since her statement contradicts DOJ lawyer Bruce Ohr’s testimony to the House committee.

Strzok Testimony Suggests Steele Dossier Did Help Launch FBI’s Trump Investigation

The testimony of Strzok and Ohr further calls into question Democrats’ claim that the salacious Steele dossier played no role in the FBI’s decision to target the Donald Trump campaign.

Bruce Ohr Revealed Political Operatives Got The FBI To Investigate The NRA

Instead of investigating the NRA, ‘Glenn Simpson should be prosecuted for making a false statement to a federal agent,’ former NRA board member Cleta Mitchell said.

11 Key Things Inside The House Interview With Spygate Figure Bruce Ohr

The 268-page Bruce Ohr interview transcript provides some clarity, some comfort, but also more concerns over the handling of the Russia investigation.

New Moms Don’t Need Day Care, They Need Flexible Employers

Many moms struggle to return to work after several years spent caring for children. Is there a way companies could help them on-ramp back into paid work?

Explosive New Documents Reveal Andrew Weissmann’s Misconduct In Enron Case

The records expose efforts by special counsel attorney Andrew Weissmann to intimidate witnesses and to interfere in the attorney-client relationship of a cooperating witness.

NYT Op-Ed Deceptively Confuses Preemies With Babies Born Alive After Abortion

Sen. Ben Sasse’s bill merely requires a medical team to treat a survivor of abortion the same as Jen Gunter’s doctors treated her three premature babies.

State Bills Foreshadow Frightening Trend Of Considering Parents Guilty Until Proven Innocent

While these two bills focused on homeschooling, the same perspective on parental rights—that the state knows best, parents be damned—can be seen in legislative branches throughout the country.

The 25th Amendment Talk Isn’t The Real Scandal. The Spygate Coup Attempt Is

The true scandal is not the swirling gossip that Rod Rosenstein mentioned the 25th Amendment, but what has been front and center for more than two years: It’s the dossier, stupid!

5 Big Takeaways From The ’60 Minutes’ Interview With Andrew McCabe

McCabe played fast and loose with the facts, fully playing into the media narrative about Trump’s Russia collusion. Unfortunately, he went unchallenged.

FEC Still Refuses To Investigate Alleged $84 Million Clinton Campaign Money Laundering

‘It’s outrageous that the FEC has sat around and done nothing—especially with such a detailed, comprehensive paper trail handed to them,’ lawyer Dan Backer told The Federalist.