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.
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.

Why Devin Nunes’s Phone Logs Aren’t A Smoking Gun

The press and the left portrayed the logs as a smoking gun proving Nunes was complicit—of something. However, the real complicity lies between the press and Democrats on the Hill.

Why Federal Prosecutors Now Want To Delay Michael Flynn’s Sentencing

After having previously insisted there is no reason to delay Michael Flynn’s sentencing, the government has asked the judge to put both the briefing and the sentencing hearing on hold.

New Fusion GPS Info Confirms The Special Counsel Probe Was A Hit Job

The renewed focus on the Steele dossier are cementing the case that the special counsel probe served as a taxpayer-funded political hit on President Trump.

Don’t Let Left’s Cynical Hit On Nunes And Giuliani Work Again

The latest hit on Rep. Devin Nunes is much more than peddling fake news: It is the repeat of a pattern the left has run for the last three years. And it was Rudy Giuliani who revealed the play.

Blockbusters Buried In The IG Report On FBI Misuse Of Confidential Sources

The media has ignored several significant revelations detailed in the FBI report Inspector General Michael Horowitz released last week.

All Eyes On Judge In Michael Flynn Case After Weeks Of Shocking Developments

If federal prosecutors made such a basic blunder concerning key evidence, what other mistakes lay buried in the undisclosed evidence?

Why The Planned Parenthood Whistleblower Case Will Likely Hit The Supreme Court

The country’s largest abortion provider sued undercover journalists after the 2015 release of a series of investigative videos that exposed Planned Parenthood’s trafficking in fetal parts.

SCOOP: CIA, FBI Informant Was Washington Post Source For Russiagate Smears

These close connections between the Washington Post’s David Ignatius and people connected to U.S. and U.K. intelligence raise grave concerns about the deep state using media to push propaganda.

Judge Tells Government To Respond To Allegations It Hid Evidence From Michael Flynn’s Legal Team

Whether Judge Emmett Sullivan will schedule oral argument after receiving these latest filings is yet to be seen. And how he will rule is anyone’s guess.

Judge To Reconsider Covington Catholic Teen’s Defamation Lawsuit Against Washington Post

Yesterday, the Post saw the victory it had achieved earlier this year evaporate in the defamation suit brought by Covington Catholic teen Nick Sandmann.

Judge Rules Democrats Can Get Their Hands On Special Counsel Grand Jury Docs

Access to the grand jury materials won’t transform the House’s proceedings into a ‘full and fair impeachment inquiry’—it will just give Democrats more information to selectively leak to the press.

Sidney Powell Drops Bombshell Showing How The FBI Trapped Michael Flynn

‘Mr. Flynn will ask this Court to dismiss the entire prosecution based on the outrageous and un-American conduct of law enforcement officials and the subsequent failure of the prosecution to disclose this evidence.’