Steven Harper

Steven J. Harper launched his acclaimed Trump-Russia Timeline on and it now appears regularly on Dan Rather’s News & Guts and Just Security, where it first appeared in December 2018. Harper is a lawyer who teaches at Northwestern University Law School, and the author of several books, including The Lawyer Bubble — A Profession in Crisis and Crossing Hoffa — A Teamster’s Story (a Chicago Tribune “Best Book of the Year”). Follow him at stevenjharper1

ALL POSTS BY Steven Harper

  • November 11, 2020

    The coronavirus did not stop for the election. It intensified. COVID-19 deaths in America now exceed 235,000 and are increasing at the rate of a 9/11 attack every three days. But help is on the horizon.

  • October 27, 2020

    When Trump leaves office, he will lose the US Department of Justice as his personal law firm. He will lose Attorney General William Barr as his wingman. And he will lose his power to undermine the rule of law. That’s the prism through which to view all of his re-election efforts. In fact, the moment that Trump is no longer president, he’ll face potential criminal charges: He is “Individual-1” in the federal case against Michael Cohen ...

  • October 23, 2020

    Dr. Scott Atlas is a radiologist and senior fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. He has no expertise in infectious diseases, epidemiology or public health. But Dr. Atlas does say the things that Trump wants to hear. So now he is a leading voice on the White House Coronavirus Task Force.

  • October 15, 2020

    The Cleveland Clinic boasted that co-hosting the first presidential debate along with Case Western Reserve University was an honor for both institutions and the city. As the health security adviser to the Commission on Presidential Debates, it publicized protocols to protect everyone at their site on the Health Education Campus and at subsequent debates. It knew those protocols would also protect members of the public with whom all attendees would later come into contact. Then the ...

  • October 8, 2020

    "America has seen which side William Barr is on. As the nation’s top law enforcement officer, the attorney general represents the “People of the United States.” Early in his tenure, Barr jettisoned that role.Operating as Trump’s personal advocate, Barr has abused the power of his office." — Steven Harper for the Fall 2020 issue of Litigation – The Journal of the Section of Litigation of the American Bar Association.

  • October 6, 2020

    Almost three-fourths of Americans favor preserving protections for pre-existing conditions, which the Affordable Care Act does. For four years, Donald Trump has lied about his commitment to keeping those protections in place. In fact, in a case set for oral argument before the US Supreme Court on November 10, the Trump administration is urging the Court to invalidate the entire ACA, including protections for pre-existing conditions.

  • September 30, 2020

    Trump is now holding super-spreader campaign rallies that ignore social distancing and face masks — the nation’s most formidable weapons in fighting the virus.

  • September 29, 2020

    Since March 27, lawyer and writer Steven Harper has been following the fall-out of the COVID-19 pandemic. His deep coverage of the evolving situation now makes a weekly appearance on

  • September 22, 2020

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died 45 days before the election. As her strength waned, she dictated this statement to her granddaughter: “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.” It says something unfortunate about the state of the republic that she voiced such concerns on her deathbed. Less than 90 minutes later, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced that Trump’s nominee would get a vote on the ...

  • September 15, 2020

    COVID-19 has infected more than 88,000 students, faculty and staff at colleges and universities in all 50 states. Since late August alone, more than 61,000 cases have been reported. And the fall semester has only begun.