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.
Kansas Lawmakers Unveil Pro-Life Constitutional Amendment To Undo The Court’s Absurd ‘Right To Abortion’ Decision

Less than a year after the Kansas Supreme Court declared the state’s constitution established a right to abortion, legislators today announced efforts to undo the court’s decision by amending the Kansas Constitution.

New Evidence In Michael Flynn Case Shows Government Prosecutors Pushed Him To Lie

While this evidence provides his attorney a solid argument that the prosecution sought to push Michael Flynn to lie, that might not be enough to carry the day with Judge Sullivan.

5 Times Media Spin Biased The Government’s Crossfire Hurricane Investigation

The recent inspector general report revealed that the Crossfire Hurricane team and Department of Justice and FBI leaders fell for many of the false Russia collusion narratives the press pushed.

IG Report Bombshell: Did The FBI And DOJ Ask Putin’s Buddy To Help Get Trump?

DOJ official Bruce Ohr called a meeting of several federal agencies to discuss ‘working with’ a Russian oligarch because of his belief, premised on the unverified Steele dossier, that Trump was corrupt.

The FISA Court Is Complicit In The FBI Abuses It’s Raising Cain Over

Today is the deadline Judge Rosemary Collyer set for the government to inform the FISA court of how it will stop lying to obtain secret surveillance orders. The court needs to do much more.

New Details About Meeting FBI Source Suggest Carter Page Was Set Up

Now that we know Stefan Halper wasn’t a mere fellow dinner guest at the gathering but was instead sitting abreast the table at his own college, it screams ‘set up.’

CNN Settles Covington Catholic Defamation Case, But Other Big Media Still In The Crosshairs

While CNN is now out of the case, Nicholas Sandmann’s lawsuit against the Washington Post and NBC continues, and soon there will be some new defendants, according to his lawyers.

IG Report Documents How The FBI Hid Negative Information About Christopher Steele

The IG’s report shows FBI agents intentionally excluded derogatory information to maintain the apparent credibility of the sources they used to obtain the power to secretly surveil U.S. citizens.

Exclusive Carter Page Interview Raises New Questions About ‘Inaccuracy-Laden’ IG Report

Page’s comments raise more questions about Stefan Halper and whether Halper’s mid-July meeting with the Trump adviser was truly ‘serendipitous.’

3 Times The IG Report Suggests Spygate Is Worse Than We Thought

As bad as the IG’s findings were, the details in its report suggest worse is coming when U.S. Attorney John Durham concludes his investigation into the Russia collusion hoax.

Inspector General Report Shows Special Counsel Replicated FBI Abuses

The report established that the special counsel’s office was complicit in the FISA abuse, the probe was a witch hunt, and its report was a cover-up for systematic government malfeasance.

Exclusive: The Inspector General Missed Yet Another Lie From The FBI

Much has been missed, including one significant misrepresentation contained in all four of the Carter Page FISA applications—an inaccuracy even the IG’s team overlooked.

A New Year’s Resolution For The Left And Never Trump: Apologize To Devin Nunes

Rep. Devin Nunes succeeded in exposing numerous problems with FISA applications, later confirmed by Inspector General Michael Horowitz. For this, he was slimed.

IG Report Hints James Comey Was In On FBI’s FISA Misconduct

The IG report concluded that several of Comey’s statements were inconsistent with statements from other federal officials, as well as evidence gathered as part of the FISA investigation.

Judge In Michael Flynn Case Decides To Ignore Mounting Evidence Of Prosecutorial Abuse

Two passages in Judge Emmet Sullivan’s decision, separated by scores of pages in the tedious 99-page opinion, make clear that the outcome was a forgone conclusion.

IG Report Proves Adam Schiff Has Been Lying About Spygate Since The Beginning

Following the inspector general’s FISA report that proved nearly every sentence wrong in Rep. Adam Schiff’s last high-profile report, Schiff’s work should be deemed worthless.

How The IG FISA Abuse Report Affects Michael Flynn’s Case

‘Far too many in the FBI and DOJ are willing to hide evidence, falsify documents and make up crimes to achieve their objectives.’

IG Report Shows Comey Lied To Congress About FBI Investigation Of Trump Campaign

Not only did the Obama administration’s FBI target the Trump campaign in the heat of the 2016 presidential election, but it used an intelligence briefing of Trump to gather ‘evidence’ on him.

Dear President Trump: Please Make America Flush Clean Again

Americans hate ‘energy-efficient’ showers, toilets, and dishwashers that we have to run multiple times to get things clean. Trump was right about relaxing those ridiculous federal rules.

13 Things To Look For In The Inspector General FISA Abuse Report

Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s investigation was limited in scope and thus will leave unanswered many of the questions surrounding the FBI’s targeting of the Trump campaign.