- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The Senate confirmed Sally Quillian Yates on Wednesday to be deputy attorney general, giving her overwhelming support to fill the No. 2 spot at the Justice Department just weeks after her boss, Attorney General Loretta Lynch, struggled to make it through her own confirmation.

Ms. Yates, a federal prosecutor in Georgia who has been acting as deputy for several months, held many of the same stances as Ms. Lynch — but Republicans said she still showed more willingness to be independent than Ms. Lynch did, and that swayed many GOP lawmakers.

Ms. Yates was approved on a 84-12 vote. Ms. Lynch, meanwhile, made it through on a 56-43 vote last month.

During her confirmation hearing, Ms. Yates said she stood by Mr. Obama’s new policy granting a tentative deportation amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants, but also said her department would abide by a judge’s injunction on the broad amnesty.

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