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Jeffrey Scott Shapiro

Jeffrey Scott Shapiro

Jeffrey Scott Shapiro is an investigative journalist and former Washington, D.C. prosecutor who served as a White House appointed senior official at the U.S. Office of Cuba Broadcasting from 2017-2021. Mr. Shapiro has investigated and written about domestic and international criminal cases, conflicts and legality with an emphasis on Cuban and Russian affairs. He is now the assistant commentary editor for The Washington Times. He can be reached at

Articles by Jeffrey Scott Shapiro

Illustration on Val Demings' new found concern for Cuban freedom by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Will the real Val Demings please stand up?

Rep. Val Demings, a Democrat, wants Floridians to know that in her third congressional term, she's finally taking a stand in the decadeslong struggle for Cuban liberty. Published November 2, 2022

Illustration on Florida Gov. Rick DeSantis by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

President DeSantis would be an inspiration to the nation

While more and more Americans wonder if Gov. Ron DeSantis could one day be President of the United States, those of us who elected him as our governor saw the makings of a great leader four years ago. Published September 20, 2022

Tara Reade (Courtesy Tara Reade)

A conversation with Biden’s alleged victim, Tara Reade

When Tara Reade's allegations about Joe Biden sexually assaulting her first surfaced during the last presidential election, her description of an power-driven misogynist didn't seem to fit the picture of the dull, gaffing politician. Published September 7, 2022

The tomb of Christopher Columbus in Seville, Spain (Associated Press photo)

The tomb of Christopher Columbus

Bursts of sunlight pierced a vivid blue Spanish sky, and I could feel my temperature rising as I walked the cobblestone streets of Seville. Published July 26, 2022

Celebrating the Fourth of July Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Let’s celebrate Independence Day with our friends in Ukraine

As the Russian military continues to commit genocide and mass murder against the innocent people of Ukraine, there is one thing they have learned they can count on, their freedom loving friends in the United States of America. Published July 2, 2022

UFOs and national security illustration by Greg Groesch / The Washington Times

UFOs are a threat to national security

Last week, the House Intelligence Subcommittee on Counterterrorism, Counterintelligence, and Counterproliferation held a hearing on UAPs -- unidentified aerial phenomena -- more commonly known as UFOs. Published May 24, 2022

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., speaks during a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing, Thursday, June 17, 2021, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Evelyn Hockstein/Pool via AP) ** FILE **

Lindsey Graham was right: Deadly force to defend others is justifiable

Sen. Lindsey Graham recently came under fire for calling for a brave Russian soldier or citizen to remove President Vladimir Putin "by any means possible" to save their country and Ukraine. Russian Ambassador Anatoly Antonov has said Mr. Graham is promoting "terrorism" while some Americans have accused him of calling for a political "assassination." As a former Washington, D.C. prosecutor, I can safely say that under the law, they're wrong -- dead wrong. Published March 10, 2022

Russians mus overthrow Putin Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

People of Russia, it’s time to overthrow Putin

There is one group of demonstrators Russian President Vladimir Putin will not be able to ignore, and those are his fellow Russians who have the power to overthrow him. Now they just need the will to do so. Published March 3, 2022

In this photo taken from video provided by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Office, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy speaks to the nation in Kyiv, Ukraine, Sunday, Feb. 27, 2022. Street fighting broke out in Ukraine's second-largest city Sunday and Russian troops put increasing pressure on strategic ports in the country's south following a wave of attacks on airfields and fuel facilities elsewhere that appeared to mark a new phase of Russia's invasion. (Ukrainian Presidential Press Office via AP)

U.S. and NATO must join the fight to save Ukraine

As bombs continue to rain down upon Kyiv, the Ukrainian people and their leader have inspired the world by refusing to run, demonstrating a fighting spirit reminiscent of American colonists in the Revolutionary War. Published March 1, 2022