Dear Ms. Yates,
It is with deep gratitude and sincere admiration that I send you this note of thanks for serving your nation so bravely, and most especially, with the conviction of a grounded conscience.
I do not know you, nor had I even been aware of your career until Monday’s refusal to stand down against Presidential power as it violated our values, traditions, and the people of the nation; and of course, acting in flagrant disrespect of the rest of the world. As the New York Times said about your action:
“Ms. Yates’s order was a remarkable rebuke by a government official to a sitting president, and it recalled the so-called Saturday Night Massacre in 1973, when President Richard M. Nixon fired his attorney general and deputy attorney general for refusing to dismiss the special prosecutor in the Watergate case.” (By MICHAEL D. SHEAR, MARK LANDLER, MATT APUZZO and ERIC LICHTBLAUJAN. 30, 2017)
Again, I know nothing about your personal situation, but so clearly and publicly risking your job will certainly limit future professional options in a variety of directions. I can only hope that those who, like myself, deeply respect your integrity in this decision, and who unlike me, have meaningful and rewarding positions to offer you, will do so immediately.
Thank you again for acting quickly and decisively in the national interest even though it cost you what is widely regarded as a successful career in the Department of Justice. You are in my thoughts and prayers, and I give thanks to God we are blessed by prophetic witness such as yours.