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Sally Yates: Standing up to Donald Trump

Sally Yates at lecturn

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American Forum

Sally Yates: Standing up to Donald Trump

Sally Q. Yates

Tuesday, January 16, 2018
11:00AM - 12:15PM (EST)
Event Details

American Forum

Former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates comes to the Miller Center on Tuesday, January 16, at 11 a.m. to discuss how she stood up to President Trump in an interview with host Douglas Blackmon. Seating is free of charge but limited in number. Tickets become available at 9 a.m. on a first come, first served basis. You can also watch the interview live on the Miller Center's Facebook page.

PBS World Channel National Broadcast: Virginia, Jan. 28, 2018/Nationally, Jan. 31, 2018

When
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
11:00AM - 12:15PM (EST)
Where
The Miller Center
2201 Old Ivy Rd
Charlottesville, VA 22903
Speakers
Sally Q. Yates

Sally Q. Yates

Sally Q. Yates was Acting United States Attorney General until being dismissed by President Donald Trump, after she concluded that a proposed White House “travel ban” on citizens of certain predominantly Muslim countries was unconstitutional. Prior to serving as the Attorney General, she was Deputy U.S. Attorney General from 2015 to 2017, and the U.S. Attorney in Atlanta from 2010 to 2015. In her positions at the end of the administration of President Barack Obama and the beginning of the Trump presidency, Yates was a central figure in the Department of Justice/FBI investigations into efforts by Russia to interfere in the 2016 U.S. election and potential conflicts of interest related to Gen. Michael Flynn, the first National Security Advisor in the Trump administration.

Born into a family of lawyers, she followed suit and took up education in the School of Law, University of Georgia. She was initially appointed as an Assistant U.S Attorney for the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Georgia. Over the years, she rose through the ranks of the Department of Justice, under both Republican and Democratic administrations. As a federal prosecutor in Atlanta, she convicted nearly a dozen local officials in municipal corruptions schemes, including the former mayor the city; pioneered efforts to combat human trafficking and the sex trade; and led the prosecution and conviction of domestic terrorist Eric Rudolph, for bomb attacks including at the 1996 Olympic Games. In Washington, she was instrumental in President Barack Obama’s ‘drug- clemency initiative,’ and authored the ‘Yates Memo’ related to corporate crime prosecutions.