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.

Barr’s Testimony May Have Revealed Another Obama-Biden Scandal

Attorney General William Barr’s comments indicate there were many situations that appear to have lacked a legitimate purpose for unmasking, and that this problem pre-dated Trump’s election.

What’s In The Legal Briefs Over Whether Judge Sullivan Can Keep Harassing Michael Flynn

While there is no set time limit for a vote, we should know the answer within about 10 days. And if we haven’t heard by then, here’s what it most likely means.

Christopher Steele Court Case Exposes Shady New Spygate Dirt

Along the way to the verdict in the Steele case, the court revealed some interesting tidbits for Americans still seeking the truth about Spygate.

Trump’s Independence Day Speech Was Not ‘Dark’ Or ‘Divisive,’ It Was American

This cacophony comes from a sliver of society, with their voices amplified by a media selling an election year controversy to cripple President Trump.

LGBT Lawyers Already Using Supreme Court Ruling To Demand Hysterectomies For Men

What Lambda portrays as discrimination based on gender identity is not sex discrimination under the reasoning of Bostock.

Svetlana Lokhova Takes Her Russiagate Defamation Case To Another U.S. Court

‘I suspect we are seeing the tip of a very large iceberg, and that there will be further revelations from the FBI,’ says Svetlana Lokhova’s lawyer.

Jump Off Twitter And Into Parler For Tomorrow’s Free Speech Friday

Until Parler obtains a critical mass of users, it cannot compete with Twitter. This is likely why Twitter feels no pause in its escalating its battle with Trump and other conservatives.

Circuit Court Just Ordered Flynn’s Criminal Charges To Be Dropped — But Judge Sullivan Might Escalate Things Anyway

The majority in the Flynn ruling handed Sullivan a face-saving out, but will the judge accept defeat or escalate matters, proving his bias and intemperance?

What’s Inside Grassley’s Letter Demanding More About Deep State Role In Spygate

Getting answers to Sen. Chuck Grassley’s questions will help expose some of the breadth and depth of the greatest political scandal our country has ever faced, but so much more is required.

Supreme Court: Treat Men And Women As Interchangeable, Or Get Sued Into Oblivion

The Supreme Court effectively just told Americans that they must consider men women and women men in the workplace. This will not end well.

DOJ’s Response To Flynn Misconduct Evidence Only Makes Them Look Worse

A DOJ attorney’s downplaying of the evidence of prosecutorial misconduct only cements in the public’s mind the idea that career federal prosecutors are part of the swamp.

Michael Flynn Circus Devolves Into Court-Weaponized Partisanship

By opening his courtroom to John Gleeson and other anti-Flynn amici, Judge Sullivan has converted the judicial branch into an emissary of the Democratic Party.

Will The DC Circuit Court Order Sullivan To Dismiss The Flynn Case? It All Comes Down To One Judge

Today’s oral arguments suggest the court is hesitant to order Sullivan to dismiss the criminal case against Flynn — at least at this time. How the court will rule likely rests in the hands of Judge Karen Henderson.

New Brief Filed In Michael Flynn Case Proves The Anti-Trump Resistance Is Running The Show

In his 70-plus-page brief, retired Judge John Gleeson gave Judge Emmet Sullivan exactly what he wanted: a political hit on Trump that the press could parlay into a new faux scandal.

New Russiagate Subpoenas Probe Depths Of Obama Administration Corruption In Flynn Ambush

Details released over the last month reveal Obama and Biden knew more about the Michael Flynn ambush than previously realized. New subpoenas of Susan Rise, James Comey, and James Clapper might prove how much.

Mainstream Media Keeps Its Power Hold On American Minds, Despite Endless Failures

While it is understandable that conservatives find amusement in the New York Times folding to the social justice mob, make no mistake: We are not winning this battle.

Judge Sullivan Finally Responds To Mandamus Petition In Flynn Case, Proving Why It Was Necessary

Judge Emmet Sullivan appeared as unofficial amicus curiae for the Resistance in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals in the Michael Flynn criminal case yesterday.

New Flynn Transcripts Confirm Mueller Team Lied To The Court And The Country

The newly released transcripts should cause longtime federal Judge Emmet Sullivan to realize the error of his way and immediately dismiss the charges against Michael Flynn.

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.