Washington, DC – Congresswoman Jackie Speier (CA-14) on Tuesday nominated former Acting Attorney General Sally Q. Yates for the prestigious Profiles in Courage Award. The award was established by President John F. Kennedy to recognize the courage of government officials who have risked their careers by standing up for the public good, even in the face of powerful interest groups and political pressure.

“I am proud to announce my nomination of our phenomenal former Acting Attorney General, Sally Q. Yates, for the Profile in Courage Award. Ms. Yates showed true courage and unshakeable determination when she refused to defend President Trump’s unconstitutional and illegal executive order closing our country’s borders to all refugees and visitors from seven Muslim-majority nations. I can think of no one else more deserving of this national honor.”

“I also find it bitterly ironic that Sen. Jeff Sessions, during Ms. Yates confirmation in 2015, asked her if she would have the grit to stand up to President Obama if he asked for ‘something improper.’ Ms. Yates promised she would, saying, ‘Senator, I believe that the attorney general or the deputy attorney general has the obligation to follow the law and the Constitution, and to give their independent legal advice to the President.’ Yesterday she delivered on her promise.”

“That is why America, and the world, owes Ms. Yates gratitude and recognition for her selfless service to our country and our democracy.”