Real Clear Investigations (RCI) released a detailed examination of evidence that seems to support much of the speculation as to the real identity of the whistleblower that got the impeachment ball rolling after President Trump’s now-infamous “Ukraine call.”
More than two months after the official filed his complaint, pretty much all that’s known publicly about him is that he is a CIA analyst who at one point was detailed to the White House and is now back working at the CIA.
But the name of a government official fitting that description — Eric Ciaramella — has been raised privately in impeachment depositions, according to officials with direct knowledge of the proceedings, as well as in at least one open hearing held by a House committee not involved in the impeachment inquiry. Fearing their anonymous witness could be exposed, Democrats this week blocked Republicans from asking more questions about him and intend to redact his name from all deposition transcripts.
RealClearInvestigations is disclosing the name because of the public’s interest in learning details of an effort to remove a sitting president from office. 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.
This is a very detailed report and I encourage everyone to read all of it, but I’ll provide a few highlights here.
In addition to those mentioned in this post’s headline, Ciaramella also worked for the execrable John Brennan, which makes this story all the more believable.
Ciaramella’s name has been whispered for weeks but the speculation has largely been limited to social media buzz. Trump officials are fairly confident that it’s him, and that the MSM knows it is:
“Everyone knows who he is. CNN knows. The Washington Post knows. The New York Times knows. Congress knows. The White House knows. Even the president knows who he is,” said Fred Fleitz, a former CIA analyst and national security adviser to Trump, who has fielded dozens of calls from the media.
Anti-Trump Beltway types have been leakier than a water balloon that’s just taken two direct hits from a double-barrel shotgun but, as RCI notes, “a rare hush has swept across the Potomac” now. Ciaramella’s party bona fides would certainly make the Democrats work overtime to protect his identity.
The transparency-free kangaroo court inquiry that Schiff is running will pretty much guarantee that the whistleblower won’t be officially identified. This RCI report actually offers more concrete reasoning than 99.999 percent percent of the “anonymous source” speculative accusations “reported” about President Trump.
The Dems will tell you that the Deep State doesn’t really exist but their vehement denials have made a believer out of me.
And it seems to be getting deeper by the day.