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Georgetown Law adds former acting Attorney General Sally Yates as lecturer

Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates is sworn-in on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, May 8, 2017, prior to testifying before the Senate Judiciary subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism hearing: "Russian Interference in the 2016 United States Election."(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Sally Yates, the former Acting U.S. Attorney General, will join Georgetown Law, the university announced in a press release Thursday.

Yates, who was a longtime federal prosecutor, was fired by President Trump on Jan. 30 from her post as acting attorney general after she refused to defend his controversial travel ban.

“Sally Yates is an extraordinary public servant who has had a career of the greatest consequence,” Georgetown Law Dean William M. Treanor said in a press release. “It is a privilege to have her join our faculty this fall.”

Yates will be joining Georgetown Law for this semester and will reportedly deliver the school's annual Philip A. Hart Lecture on Nov. 1.

"I am honored to be joining Georgetown Law for the fall semester," Yates said in the release. "Georgetown has a long and distinguished history of rigorous and thoughtful academic dialogue and a commitment to social justice. I look forward to being a part of this dynamic environment and interacting with their outstanding students and faculty."

Yates made waves in May when she testified before Congress regarding Russian interference in the 2016 election.

During the testimony, Yates said she bluntly warned the Trump White House in January that new National Security Adviser Michael Flynn "essentially could be blackmailed" by the Russians because he apparently had lied to his bosses about his contacts with Moscow's ambassador in Washington.

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