Former Bush administration lawyer John C. Yoo is already thinking about his former client’s legacy. Speaking to about 30 lawyers Monday at a Federalist Society luncheon, Yoo argued that history will view President Bush more like Franklin D. Roosevelt or Harry S. Truman than Richard Nixon.

Yoo, a constitutional law professor at the University of California-Berkeley, was a deputy assistant attorney general in the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel from 2001 to 2003. There he wrote the famous “torture memo,” which became White House policy, saying the Geneva Conventions, which prohibit torture, did not apply to prisoners captured in Afghanistan.