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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

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

In this handout photo taken from video provided by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Office, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy addresses the nation in Kyiv, Ukraine, Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022. Zelenskyy declared martial law, saying Russia has targeted Ukraine's military infrastructure. He urged Ukrainians to stay home and not to panic. (Ukrainian Presidential Press Office via AP)

Volodymyr Zelenskyy: A profile in courage

As Russia continues to attack Ukraine with one of the world's most powerful armies in modern history, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has remained a force of calm and unity for his people. Published February 24, 2022

Illustration on naming the Washington Football Team by Linas Garsys/ The Washington Times

The Washington Maccabees — a modest proposal for the NFL

Last week, The Washington Times published an editorial about the "NFL football team formerly known as the Washington Redskins," and how, "after two seasons of namelessness" it will finally reveal its new name tomorrow on Groundhog Day. Published January 31, 2022

Illustration on the Cuban freedom by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Liberate Cuba

Shortly after historic protests swept the island of Cuba on Sunday, the Biden administration expressed its "support" for the Cuban people to "peacefully protest and determine their own future." Published July 14, 2021

Illustration on the unjust malignment of Steve Bannon by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The tarring of Steve Bannon

Fox News has reported that the Trump presidential transition team is already being called upon to rescind its appointment of Steve Bannon as White House chief strategist, citing accusations of anti-Semitism and racism. Published November 15, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the Pensacola Bay Center in Pensacola, Fla., Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Snyder)

Donald Trump attracting white supremacists draws complaints

White nationalists have found a champion they can get excited about in Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump, but they're having a tough time getting their message through as they face a backlash from voters who reject it. Published January 14, 2016

Fire personnel gather at the base of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City on April 20, 1995, the day after the bombing. (Associated Press)

Oklahoma City bombing secret: DNA extracted from unknown leg

The Oklahoma City Medical Examiner has partial DNA from an unmatched left leg collected from the ruins of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building bombing, reviving the possibility of a 169th unidentified victim from the 1995 terror attack as well as defense lawyers' long-held belief that Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols had an additional accomplice. Published December 7, 2015