Sally Yates is known as an American lawyer. She is most famous for serving as United States Deputy Attorney General under President Barack Obama.

Background and Age

Sally Caroline Yates was born on August 20, 1960, in Atlanta, GA. Her father, Kelley Quillian, was an adjudicator on the Georgia Court of Appeals.  Sally graduated from the University of Georgia in 1982 with a degree in journalism. She proceeded to get her law degree at the University of Georgia School of Law.

Career and Net Worth

In 1986, Sally Yates passed the State Bar of Georgia and found a spot at the Atlanta office of King and Spalding. She joined the U.S. Lawyer's Office in Atlanta in 1989. She started as assistant U.S. lawyer, working her way up to head of the Fraud and Public Corruption Section from 1994 to 2002 and afterward first assistant U.S. lawyer from 2002 to 2010.

She was the lead prosecutor in the 1996 preliminary case of Eric Rudolph, the man sentenced for the bombarding at Atlanta's Centennial Park during the 1996 Olympics. Sally Yates turned into the principal lady U.S. lawyer for the Northern District of Georgia when she was appointed by President Barack Obama in 2010 and held the situation for right around five years.

On Jan. 8, 2015, Obama selected Sally Yates as a representative lawyer general and she was affirmed to the role on May 13, 2015. When Loretta Lynch, who became U.S. lawyer general when Sally Yates became representative, left the DOJ on Inauguration Day, Sally Yates stepped in as acting lawyer general up to that point Sen. Jeff Sessions would be affirmed to lead the DOJ.

Under Trump, Sally Yates' spell as acting lawyer general endured a sum of 10 days. Sally Yates was terminated on Jan. 30 after she asked the DOJ not to defend Trump's executive order banning immigration from seven overwhelmingly Muslim nations. The request was later obstructed in court.

In Aug 2020, Sally Yates supported a delicate Justice Department examination concerning onetime Trump assistant Michael Flynn. She told administrators Flynn was basically undermining the Obama organization by acting on friendly terms with a foreign foe after Russia's assault on the 2016 political race. Affirming before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Yates said Flynn misled the FBI in their investigations. 

Marriage, Husband, and Kids

Sally and her better half, Comer Yates, have a girl, Kelley, and a son, James "Plume." Her husband is the lead director of Atlanta Speech School, a school for children with hearing and learning inabilities.

Last Modified: Aug 8, 2020

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