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.
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.

LGBT Activists Teaching Judges To Yank Kids From Parents Who Won’t Transgender Them

Documents obtained from Rhode Island Family Court must concern any person who questions whether it’s a good idea to chemically and surgically mutilate children.

All Babies Slated For Late-Term Abortion Should Instead Be Delivered Alive

What our country needs is the Deliver-Alive Human Being Protection Act: A law that unequivocally protects fetuses once they can survive outside the womb, currently 22 weeks.

Don’t Let Ralph Northam’s Racism Controversy Obscure Democrats’ Sickening Abortion Policies

Gov. Ralph Northam’s political career may be dead, but Virginia law still allows abortionists to kill newborns by withholding medical care.

Government Records Say Nathan Phillips’ Nonprofit Is ‘Not In Good Standing,’ But He’s Still Taking Donations

What is the Native Youth Alliance? Where was it incorporated? Who is the current director? Who has access to the PayPal account? And for what will the funds be used?

Nearly 58,000 Noncitizens Illegally Voted In Texas. How Many More Nationwide?

More must be done, and not just in Texas, because every time a non-citizen votes he cancels out an American citizen’s vote.

Lindsey Graham Needs To Pursue Those Who Lied During The Kavanaugh Debacle

What will it take for the Senate to be interested in investigating potential lies––violations of federal law––by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and others?

Why Did Giuliani’s Exchange With Cuomo Play As A Gaffe When It Wasn’t One?

For the last two years, the media has screeched about a new collusion theory on a weekly basis. But this latest exchange wasn’t damning for Trump at all.

Missing: Key Documents About Alleged Misconduct By Robert Mueller’s Lead Prosecutor

Late Friday, a federal judge’s office confirmed that several documents that would shed light on the special counsel’s lead prosecutor’s alleged misconduct are missing from the court record.

William Barr Won’t Check Robert Mueller, But He Should Check The DOJ

Democrats have nothing to fear in attorney general nominee William Barr, because he can’t do anything about Special Counsel Robert Mueller. But he ought to clean up the DOJ.