The so-called ‘whistleblower’ who filed the complaint about President Trump’s July 25th phone call with Ukraine’s president has lawyered up and now his attorneys are threatening anyone who utters his name. Lest you think I fear to reveal that name, just hold your horses. This is the guy that lit the fuse for the current faux impeachment proceedings filed by Democrats against President Trump. He’s not only a whilstleblower… he’s a leaker — probably the biggest one to come out of the White House and the intelligence agencies.
The alleged whistleblower is Eric Ciaramella who is a whole list of things:
– A registered Democrat.
– Worked for Obama.
– Worked very closely with Joe Biden.
– Worked with Susan Rice.
– Worked for CIA Director John Brennan.
– A vocal critic of Trump.
– Helped initiate the Russia “collusion” investigation hoax to begin with.
Gee, no conflict of interest there… at all. I detect a trend here. Ciaramella also worked with a Democratic National Committee operative, Alexandra Chalupa, who dug up dirt on the Trump campaign during the 2016 election, and he invited her into the White House for meetings, former White House colleagues told Real Clear Investigations.
His attorneys are threatening legal action against journalists who publish “the name of any person who may be suspected to be the whistleblower.” First off, I’m not a journalist… I’m a pundit. Second, have these people never heard of free speech? Once that name is out there (and it is) it is going to be everywhere. Good luck with that threat.
From The Daily Wire:
“The New York Times was first to provide some details about the whistleblower behind the complaint that started the impeachment inquiry, reporting in late-September that the whistleblower is allegedly a CIA agent who was “detailed to work at the [Trump] White House at one point.” The Times noted that the whistleblower’s attorneys confirmed their client’s position with the CIA. In the following weeks, speculation continued to swirl and pressure mounted from Republicans, including Trump, for the identity of the whistleblower to be revealed.
“This week, multiple outlets revealed the name that, as RealClearInvestigations’ Paul Sperry put it, is reportedly “an open secret inside the Beltway.” In response, the whistleblower’s attorneys, Andrew P. Bakaj and Mark S. Zaid, issued a release Thursday addressing “speculation” on the whistleblower’s identity.
“Our client is legally entitled to anonymity,” the statement reads. “Disclosure of the name of any person who may be suspected to be the whistleblower places that individual and their family in great physical danger. Any physical harm the individual and/or their family suffers as a result of disclosure means that the individuals and publications reporting such names will be personally liable for that harm. Such behavior is the pinnacle of irresponsibility and is intentionally reckless.”
Attorneys for Ukraine call whistleblower new statement on speculation about the intelligence community employee’s identity. pic.twitter.com/UdsmSQ226P
— Kelly O'Donnell (@KellyO) November 1, 2019
“Below is the full text of the release (formatting adjusted):
“In correspondence dated October 22, 2019, the Counsel of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency made it clear that “Whistleblowers play an essential public service on coming forward by reporting their reasonable belief of waste, fraud, abuse, and misconduct, and that whistleblowers “should never suffer reprisal or even the threat of reprisal for doing so.” Significantly, the letter quotes Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA), Chairman and co-founder of the U.S. Senate’s Whistleblower Caucus, who noted recently regarding this matter that whistleblowers ‘ought to be heard out and protected’ and ‘we should always work to respect whistleblowers’ request for confidentiality. Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire — himself an appointee of President Trump — stated in his public testimony on September 26, 2019, that the whistleblower ‘acted in good faith and followed the law every step of the way.’
“Members of the media have a similar role in protecting those who lawfully expose government wrongdoing.
“Accordingly, we neither confirm nor deny the identity of the Intelligence Community Whistleblower. Our client is legally entitled to anonymity. Disclosure of the name of any person who may be suspected to be the whistleblower places that individual and their family in great physical danger. Any physical harm the individual and/or their family suffers as a result of disclosure means that the individuals and publications reporting such names will be personally liable for that harm. Such behavior is the pinnacle of irresponsibility and is intentionally reckless.
IC WB STATEMENT: In light of the increasing and irresponsible speculation about the Intelligence Community Whistleblower's identity, we are issuing the following statement: https://t.co/04OdmWl6mq
— Andrew P. Bakaj (@AndrewBakaj) November 1, 2019
“In his report Wednesday revealing the “one name” that Beltway sources say is the whistleblower, Sperry explained the outlet’s rationale for revealing it. “RealClearInvestigations is disclosing the name because of the public’s interest in learning details of an effort to remove a sitting president from office,” he wrote. “Further, the official’s status as a ‘whistleblower’ is complicated by his being a hearsay reporter of accusations against the president, one who has ‘some indicia of an arguable political bias … in favor of a rival political candidate’ — as the Intelligence Community Inspector General phrased it circumspectly in originally fielding his complaint.”
“Citing federal documents, Sperry reported that the whistleblower is allegedly a 33-year-old “registered Democrat held over from the Obama White House, previously worked with former Vice President Joe Biden and former CIA Director John Brennan, a vocal critic of Trump who helped initiate the Russia ‘collusion’ investigation of the Trump campaign during the 2016 election.” The whistleblower reportedly “left his National Security Council posting in the White House’s West Wing in mid-2017 amid concerns about negative leaks to the media” and “has since returned to CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia.”
“He was accused of working against Trump and leaking against Trump,” a former NSC official to RealClearInvestigations.
BREAKING: The whistleblower is a registered Democrat & CIA analyst who was detailed before the 2016 election to the Obama White House,where he worked on the NSC's Ukraine desk & met w anti-Trump Ukrainian officials before being sent packing by the Trump NSC & becoming disgruntled
— Paul Sperry (@paulsperry_) October 4, 2019
“When The New York Times first revealed that the whistleblower was a CIA agent who was previously detailed to the Trump White House, and that the whistleblower’s attorneys confirmed their clients’ CIA status, the Times’ Executive Editor Dean Baquet defended the decision to print the information because they wanted readers “to make their own judgments about whether or not he is credible.”
“We decided to publish limited information about the whistle-blower — including the fact that he works for a nonpolitical agency and that his complaint is based on an intimate knowledge and understanding of the White House — because we wanted to provide information to readers that allows them to make their own judgments about whether or not he is credible,” said Baquet. “We also understand that the White House already knew he was a C.I.A. officer.”’
Rush Limbaugh: This guy’s a leaker. He’s not a whistleblower. His name is Eric Ciaramella. He’s 30-some-odd years old. I’ve got a picture. It looks like the Pajama Boy in the Obama ad that they ran back during the first term. pic.twitter.com/pwtE5GKlFG
— Wojciech Pawelczyk 🇵🇱🇺🇸 (@PolishPatriotTM) October 31, 2019
When you come right down to it, these lawyers aren’t really threatening the media. They are circling the wagons and providing cover for them not to air this guy’s name.
Ciaramella is reportedly a CIA officer specializing in Russia and Ukraine who was detailed over to the National Security Council in the summer of 2015, working under former Obama National Security Adviser Susan Rice. He also reportedly worked closely with Biden. Now, he’s refusing to testify before Congress.
BREAKING: In statement, whistleblower's lawyer Mark Zaid declines to deny RealClearInvestigations report (below) that Eric Ciaramella is his client, but complains publishing his name "is at the pinnacle of irresponsibility and is intentionally reckless."https://t.co/ouFsM3CUHA
— Paul Sperry (@paulsperry_) October 31, 2019
Ciaramella’s identity is an open secret inside the Beltway. The guy is a plant and a political operative. In my book, he’s not a whistleblower. He’s part of a concerted effort to conduct a soft coup against a sitting president. And has been from the very beginning. This is why I said when Trump was elected that he needed to get rid of any Obama holdovers.
Good job by Real Clear Investigations for outing this guy… although many have suspected him since October and even before that. The Democrats may stomp on the Constitution and embrace fascism, but Americans still believe in free speech.
The White House “whistleblower” is Eric Ciaramella.
– Registered Democrat
– Worked for Obama
– Worked with Joe Biden
– Worked for CIA Director John Brennan
– Vocal critic of Trump
– Helped initiate the Russia “collusion” investigation hoax
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) October 30, 2019