Sally Yates

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Person.png Sally Yates  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
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BornSally Caroline Quillian
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Alma materUniversity of Georgia
SpouseComer Yates
United States Attorney General for 10 days after the inauguration of Donald Trump.

Employment.png Acting United States Attorney General

In office
January 20, 2017 - January 30, 2017
Preceded byLoretta Lynch
Succeeded byDana Boente

Employment.png United States Deputy Attorney General Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
January 10, 2015 - January 30, 2017
BossLoretta Lynch, Sally Yates

Sally Yates was acting United States Attorney General for 10 days after the inauguration of Donald Trump in 2017. From 2010 to 2015, she was United States Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia. In 2015, she was appointed United States Deputy Attorney General by President Barack Obama.

Trump dismissed Yates for insubordination on January 30, after she instructed the Justice Department not to make legal arguments defending Executive Order 13769, which temporarily banned the admission of refugees and barred travel from certain Muslim-majority countries (later to include North Korea) on the grounds that terrorists were using the U.S. refugee resettlement program to enter the country. The ban was labeled as a "Muslim ban" by both Trump and his campaign's website.[1][2] Rather than defend it, Yates stated the order was neither defensible in court nor consistent with the Constitution.[3] Although large portions of the order were initially blocked by federal courts, the Supreme Court ultimately upheld a revised version.[4] The insubordination possibly happened with external coordination, in what was to become a concerted campaign of resignations.

Following her dismissal, Yates returned to private practice. She was considered a candidate for Attorney General in a Biden administration.[5]

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