"sally yates justice"President Obama has announced that he intends to nominate Sally Yates for the second highest position within the Justice department.

Sally Yates is currently working as a federal prosecutor for the Northern District of Georgia and is being tipped to take up the second-highest ranking position at the Justice Department.

Sally Yates is well known for being tough against public corruption and the 54 year old has been in charge of handling a number of high profile cases in the past, including the famous prosecution of the 1996 Atlanta Olympics bomber.

Yates may have the approval of the president himself, however for her position to be confirmed she needs to wait for a vote from the US Senate.

Yates will assume the position as deputy attorney general on January 10 while the decision about her position is finalised.

According to Reuters, Yates is known to be a close ally of outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder as well as the nominee to replace Holder, U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch.

Holder congratulated Yates in a statement and said she would continue making progress on issues such as sentencing reform, which they have worked on together.

Sally Yates will be fill the vacancy that has been left by outgoing Deputy Attorney General James Cole, who has not yet announced his future plans.

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