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 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.

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.