Senator Isakson, Stop Betraying Your Country over Russia

Dear Senator Isakson,

Are you unaware you are committing treason against the United States?

The question of what you will do in the wake of Mueller’s indictment of 12 Russian intelligence officers for their use of cyberwar and other criminal activities to influence the outcome of the 2016 elections is now your number one priority. Your track record, so far, is not encouraging.

Isakson’s failure #1: It has been two years since our intelligence agencies revealed Russian use of cyberattacks to interfere in our elections. In the intervening period, the attacks have continued, gotten more sophisticated, and are being used to undermine this year’s elections. U.S. intelligence chiefs in February unanimously reaffirmed the nature of the Russian acts and the serious danger they pose to the United States.

The Senate Intelligence Committee, this month, issued a bipartisan report strongly reaffirming the findings of the intelligence services.

What has Johnny Isakson done in the two years of flagrant Russian attacks on the United States?

Johnny Isakson has not done one damn thing, that’s what.

Johnny Isakson is guilty of a dereliction of duty unparalleled in American history.

Johnny Isakson has sold out his country to suck up to the Donald Trump who is sucking up to Vladimir Putin.

Johnny Isakson is a senior member of the Republican Congressional establishment that has abandoned any semblance of Congressional oversight of the Trump Administration. As no less than John Boehner said, there is no longer a Republican Party. There is only the Trump Party.

The chief feature of Isakson’s Republicans and their President? They have done absolutely nothing to put in place measures to counter the Russian attacks, even after Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coates warned on July 13 that the “warning lights are blinking red” indicating intensified Russian cyberattacks to undermine the United States’ democracy and erode its institutions as the elections near.

Trump’s meeting with Putin scheduled for July 16 has compressed the timetable and intensified the need for Johnny Isakson—and Trump—to take decisive measures to punish Putin for his past transgressions and to prevent the Russian attacks from continuing. Isakson’s reputation—as well as Trump’s—will be determined by the outcome of the meeting.

Senator Isakson, I greatly fear you underestimate the watershed of the new indictments. Almost 48 hours after Rosenstein announced the indictments, and a few hours away from the Trump-Putin meeting, Johnny Isakson is so unconcerned about his country’s security, he does not bother to even issue a press release on the implications. His web and Facebook pages are devoid of any comment.

Senator Isakson, Trump and his “witch hunt” puppets have lost any semblance of credibility. Your country is at war. Donald Trump’s surrender to Russia poses a clear and present danger to the national security of the United States.

Senator Isakson, the time is past for you to stop betraying your country. Your cowardly obeisance to Trump no longer suffices. Americans and Georgians demand action, and they demand it now.

Georgia Republicans Are Committing Treason

Section Three of the U.S. Constitution reads: Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort. No person shall be convicted of treason unless on the testimony of two witnesses to the same overt act, or on confession in open court.

Although there is a definitive “or” between the words “levying war” and “providing aid and comfort,” the legal consensus seems to be that treason can only be committed if  U.S. is waging war.

That is now a moot point. The indictments, the findings of our intelligence services, and the report of the Senate Intelligence Committee leave no doubt that we are under attack by Russia.

And by any reasonable definition of those words, refusing to punish Russia for its attacks on America and refusing to take any steps to prevent the attacks from continuing, is giving aid and comfort to the enemy.

In short, as of right now, Johnny Isakson, David Perdue, Barry Loudermilk, Karen Handel, and their staffs are committing treason against the United States.

Isakson’s Acts of Independence from Trump

In the interest of full disclosure, IndieDems notes the following incidents in which Isakson has distanced himself to varying degrees from Trump:

The Russia/Mueller probe:

AJC February 2017: Sen. Johnny Isakson was one (sic) of the only Georgia Republicans to voice support for a congressional investigation into Russia’s involvement in November’s election. His remarks were focused, however, an ongoing Senate Intelligence Committee probe, not a new, nonpartisan investigation outside of Congress, as Democratic leaders suggested. (Ed. Note: Trump fired FBI Director Comey in May 2017. Special Counsel Mueller was appointed shortly afterwards to conduct an independent probe)

March 2017, Isakson responded in a telephone town hall to questions about the ongoing investigation into Russian tampering in the 2016 election: Isakson said he respected the decision by Attorney General Sessions to recuse himself in any probe into activities relating to the campaign. “Russia has done nothing to deserve our trust as far as I am concerned,” said Isakson.

February, 2018: Sen. Johnny Isakson said this about Mueller on GPB’s “Political Rewind” radio program: “I know of no reason why he shouldn’t be kept on the job. None whatsoever.”

April 2018: “Isakson has been mostly silent about the investigation but told the Huffington Post in October that Mueller was ‘appointed for a purpose’ and that he should be able to ‘carry that purpose out, and let the evidence take us where it may.’ ”

Trump’s kidnapping of migrant children, June 2018: Senator Johnny Isakson, responded Tuesday to the Trump administration’s hard-line immigration policy of separating families at the U.S.-Mexico border…Isakson said separating the families is no solution. “I don’t think separating children from their families solves the problem. It creates a big problem,” Isakson told Channel 2’s Justin Gray.

AJC January 2018 on Trump’s description of some African countries as “shithole countries”: “I did not hear it, but if it’s true, he owes the people of Haiti and all mankind an apology. That is not the kind of statement the leader of the free world ought to make, and he ought to be ashamed of himself. If he did not make it, he needs to corroborate the fact and prove it and then move forward.” »

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