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 university faculty member and now teaches as an adjunct from time to time. 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.
Michael Flynn Judge Emmet Sullivan Needs To Recuse Himself Already

Emmet Sullivan’s order welcoming amicus curiae briefs in a criminal case would cause a reasonable person to question Judge Sullivan’s impartiality.

It’s Not The Trump Administration Politicizing Flynn’s Case, It’s Judge Sullivan

Those condemning the DOJ’s decision to drop the charges against Michael Flynn ignore the growing evidence of misconduct by both the FBI and the federal prosecutors.

6 Resources To Help You Jump Into Real Homeschooling This Fall

Rather than risk another year of subpar education for your children, this fall may be the time to make a move to real homeschooling.

Appeals Court Order In Michael Flynn Case Bodes Well For Him, Poorly For Judge Sullivan

In a rare move, a three-judge panel ordered the presiding judge in the criminal case against Flynn to respond to his attorney’s petition for a writ of mandamus.

Susan Rice’s Email Proves FBI Had No Legitimate Reason To Question Flynn

The recently declassified paragraph in Susan Rice’s email confirms the FBI had no valid investigative purpose for questioning Flynn on January 24, 2017.

New Brief In Michael Flynn Case Pulls Back Curtain On The Coming Circus

There will soon be a steady stream of amicus curiae briefs making news that attempt to relitigate everything and anyone connected to the Trump administration.

The Constitution Requires Judge Emmet Sullivan’s Lawless Amicus Order Against Michael Flynn Be Overturned

The U.S. Constitution makes clear that the judiciary has no business second-guessing prosecutorial decisions. That’s what Michael Flynn judge Emmet Sullivan decided to do.

Instead Of Dismissing, Michael Flynn Judge Opens His Court To Litigate Russiagate

Absent reconsideration or reversal of his order, Judge Emmet Sullivan has just ensured that the Russia collusion hoax will be relitigated on the federal docket.

Why Did Obama Tell The FBI To Hide Its Activities From The Trump Administration?

Even after Barack Obama had left office and James Comey had a new commander-in-chief to report to, Comey obeyed Obama by withholding intel from President Trump.

FBI’s Memo Exonerating Flynn Proves It’s Time To Investigate Comey’s Corrupt ‘Confidential Human Sources’

The unsealing of the FBI’s closing memo on the Flynn investigation made two things clear: The FBI had no proper predication for investigating Flynn, and the confidential human source should be investigated for making false statements to the FBI.

Your Guide To The Obama Administration’s Hit On Michael Flynn

New documents in the Michael Flynn case cemented that a small cadre of high-level FBI agents set a perjury trap for President Trump’s then-national security advisor.

Robert Mueller’s Case Against Michael Flynn Is About To Implode

New facts in the Michael Flynn case call into question the voluntariness of Flynn’s plea. Judge Sullivan should dismiss the charges to send a clear message: Outrageous prosecutorial coercion will not be tolerated.

Even The Manipulated Senate Intel Report Can’t Hide FBI Spies And Lies

A close reading of the report—or at least those portions of the report that could be read—cements the reality that the FBI intentionally snowed the FISA court to spy on Donald Trump.

7 Devastating Revelations About Crossfire Hurricane In New Releases

To a new Senate website, Sen. Lindsey Graham’s staff uploaded the four Carter Page FISA applications, which were recently further declassified.

9 Key Points From Newly Declassified Report Details On FISA Abuse

Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell declassified a slew of footnotes from Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report on Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act abuse.

Newly Declassified Papadopoulos Transcript Exposes Crossfire Hurricane Corruption

A newly declassified transcript calls into question the entire Crossfire Hurricane investigation: Why was it started, and why did it continue?

In Name Of Coronavirus, Michigan Governor Bans Seed Sales But Allows Lottery Tickets

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is drawing ire from Americans quickly losing patience with additional government restrictions that lack judgment and balance.

Declassified Info: DOJ, FBI Knew Trump Surveillance Was Based On Russian Disinformation

These facts establish the FBI used Russia’s meddling with the 2016 election as a pretext to investigate Donald Trump and the special counsel’s office was complicit in this ploy.

It’s Time To Bring Back The Drive-In Movie

While few drive-ins remain in operation today, the coronavirus may prompt a resurgence across America.

Why Inspector General Michael Atkinson Roundly Deserved To Be Fired

Here are the details you need to know to fully understand why President Trump lost confidence in Inspector General Michael Atkinson and exercised his presidential prerogative to replace him.