Jeffrey Toobin, CNN

Jeffrey Toobin


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Past articles by Jeffrey:


Analysis: Clarence Thomas has waited over 30 years for this moment

For Justice Clarence Thomas, these are glory days. As Thomas settles into his fourth decade on the Supreme Court, his influence, even his control, is ascendant. → Read More


Opinion: Praying coach case suggests conservative justices want to rewrite the law on religion and schools

Transforming the law of religion under the Constitution is a key objective for conservatives, Jeffrey Toobin writes. In the case of a coach who prayed after school games, the court's conservatives appear to be looking to vindicate his actions. → Read More


The road to Aduhelm: What one ex-FDA adviser called 'probably the worst drug approval decision in recent US history' for an Alzheimer's treatment

Dr. Aaron Kesselheim had been on an advisory committee for the US Food and Drug Administration for a half-dozen years, but he had never been to a meeting like this one. → Read More


Attorney General Merrick Garland, don't prosecute Donald Trump

During his presidency, Trump violated many unwritten norms that govern the conduct of presidents, writes Jeffrey Toobin, and one of the most important such transgressions was his refusal to concede defeat when he lost the election. But there are other norms, too, and one of them is to avoid prosecution -- and persecution -- of former presidents. → Read More


Opinion: Clarence Thomas Is the new Chief Justice

Jeffrey Toobin writes that Clarence Thomas, the longest serving justice, will frequently be able to wield the crucial power to decide who writes the majority opinion when the conservative bloc doesn't include Chief Justice John Roberts. → Read More

Jeffrey Toobin

Jeffrey Toobin, the chief legal analyst for CNN, was a staff writer at The New Yorker from 1993 to 2020. Previously, he worked for ABC News, and, in 2000, received an Emmy Award for his coverage of the Elián González case. For the magazine, he wrote Profiles of the Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Anthony Kennedy, Clarence Thomas, and Chief Justice John G. Roberts, as… → Read More

Harry Reid on the Senate, the Supreme Court, and a Time for Major Change

Jeffrey Toobin speaks with Harry Reid, the former Democratic leader in the Senate, about abolishing the filibuster, the gridlock in the Senate, and the Republicans’ effort to push through the Supreme Court nomination of Amy Coney Barrett. → Read More

Ending Trump’s Assault on the Rule of Law

Protecting voting rights is an essential step that Biden must take to repair our democracy. But it is only the first one. → Read More

There Should Be No Doubt Why Trump Would Nominate Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court

Amy Coney Barrett’s elevation to fill Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat at the Supreme Court would fulfill former Justice Lewis Powell’s plan to transform the Court into a forum friendly to business interests, Jeffrey Toobin writes. → Read More

Can Trump and McConnell Push Through a Successor to Ruth Bader Ginsburg?

Jeffrey Toobin writes about the death of the Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and about the coming fight between Mitch McConnell and Democrats over the vacancy on the Court. → Read More

It Really Is Time to Get Rid of the Filibuster

It is true that the Framers intended the Senate to be a slower-moving institution than the House, but there is no evidence that they wanted legislative paralysis. → Read More

New York’s Primary-Vote-Count Chaos Signals Trouble for November

A month after the state’s Democratic primary, officials are still tallying mail-in ballots for the Twelfth Congressional District. How will they cope with the general election? → Read More

The Halted Progress of Criminal-Justice Reform

Prosecutors are charging protesters with federal crimes, exposing them to long prison sentences, in another example of the Justice Department’s grotesque overreach under Attorney General William Barr. → Read More

The Roger Stone Case Shows Why Trump Is Worse Than Nixon

The commuting of the prison sentence of an ally who kept his mouth shut during the Trump-Russia investigation is a consummate act of corruption and cronyism. → Read More

John Roberts Dissociates Himself from the Trump-McConnell Legal Project

Jeffery Toobin writes about the recent decisions by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, John Roberts, who backed L.G.B.T.Q. protections, Dreamers, and abortion rights. → Read More

The Georgia Primary and the State of Voting Rights

A Supreme Court decision from 2013 has hastened perhaps the most sinister aspect of the Republican Party’s contemporary political agenda—to limit the ability of Democrats, especially people of color and lower-income people, to vote. → Read More

Can President Trump Really Order Troops Into Cities?

The Insurrection Act gives the President ambiguous powers to deploy U.S. troops on domestic soil. → Read More

A Case From a Judge’s Past May Offer a Clue About How the Michael Flynn Inquiry Will Proceed

Jeffrey Toobin writes about Judge Emmet G. Sullivan’s decision to appoint an independent attorney to review the Justice Department’s request that Sullivan dismiss the criminal case against the former national-security adviser Michael Flynn. → Read More


The complicated truth about the National Enquirer

Most of us rarely think about the National Enquirer, if at all. Yet even in its diminished state, the Enquirer remains a classic piece of Americana and its significance shouldn't be underestimated -- not only because of its past influence, but because of what the tabloid tells us about ourselves, Jeffrey Toobin writes. → Read More

Can Trump Lose the Cases Against Him in the Supreme Court and Still Win?

The President has lost at every level of the judicial system in a pair of cases about his tax returns and financial documents, and he may well lose again—but a delay could be all he needs. → Read More