May 10 – Open Letter to Senator Johnny Isakson

Dear Senator:

I am writing to request that you support an independent investigation into the executive branch’s ties, dealings, or involvement with Russia; activities conducted by or on behalf of Russia pertaining to the 2016 U.S. Presidential election; and whether, in connection with these, our laws were violated.

As you know, one of this nation’s highest values—a principle upon which our republic firmly rests—is the notion that we are a government of laws, not of men

This principle is firmly embedded in our national identity and remains a source of great pride for our patriots.  It is now being tested.

The following facts are undeniable: 

  • Sally Yates, former acting Attorney General was fired on January 30.
  • Preet Bharara, former U.S. Attorney was fired on March 11.
  • James Comey, former FBI Director was fired on May 9.

It is now known that in carrying-out their duties on behalf of the U.S. government, each of these individuals was investigating whether our nation’s laws had been violated in activities related to Russia; activities which may potentially have involved the office of the President.  

The President terminated each of them, one by one. 

Now to be clear, it was unquestionably within the President’s power to do so.

But, what we must now all concern ourselves with, is the question of why: why would our executive branch of government—tasked with enforcing this nation’s laws—have taken such measures? 

And, specifically as it relates to yesterday’s termination of James Comey, why would it have done so now?

As you know, one of the greatest threats to our nation has always been that of corrupting foreign practices. 

On this point, Alexander Hamilton expressly underscored our vulnerability, stating:

”One of the weak sides of republics, among their numerous advantages, is that they afford too easy an inlet to foreign corruption.” (The Federalist No. 22)

Today, each of our nation’s institutions finds itself bathed in the stench of possible foreign corruption. 

Our democracy is imperil.  

Senator Isakson, this much is certain:

If there is any possibility that these firings were intended to prevent the public from discovering malfeasance in the executive branch, then it is incumbent upon you, as a member of Congress—duly elected by the people of Georgia under Article I—to do any and everything that must be done to get to the bottom of this.

The people are now turning to you and demanding that you utilize the power entrusted to you and derived exclusively from the people’s consent, to carry out the responsibility you willingly assumed: To support and defend our Constitution.

You must be the eyes and ears of the people.

You must determine what risks may be posed to Americans.

You must ensure we remain a nation governed by laws.


In sum, to paraphrase James Madison, the people have granted you this power to control them, the governed—now you, Senator, are obliged to control the government itself.


Senator Johnny Isakson