The worst-kept secret in Washington, D.C., right now is the identity of the so-called “Ukraine whistleblower” — the person who triggered the deep state’s latest effort to oust President Trump from office like sycophants in a dictatorial third-world banana republic would do.
In early October, intrepid investigative reporter Paul Sperry revealed his background.
OPINION and Facts from Paul Sperry, RealClearInvestigations
For a town that leaks like a sieve, Washington has done an astonishingly effective job keeping from the American public the name of the anonymous “whistleblower” who triggered impeachment proceedings against President Trump — even though his identity is an open secret inside the Beltway.
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.
Federal documents reveal that the 33-year-old Ciaramella, a 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.
On Monday, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky) demanded that the “mainstream” media to its job and report that Ciaramella is, indeed, the guy who got this “Ukraine” ball rolling because had he been a Republican operative attempting to disrupt a Democrat president, they’d have been all over it.
That demand led to outrage from the Marxists in the media and the Garbage Party. Why, what an insult to the “whistleblower protection act” and all that jazz. Congress would be remiss…remiss!…in its constitutional oversight duties if lawmakers were to allow his identity to be revealed.
Only, as Paul noted on Fox News Tuesday night, there’s no legal requirement preventing him from naming the name.
In fact, as he said during his interview, there is every constitutional reason for doing so.
“The Sixth Amendment to the Constitution says if you’re going to accuse me of a crime, I get to stare you down in court,” he said.
When pressed, Paul noted further that he had the right and the protections to reveal the name on the Senate floor — “And I may” — but he notes that the important part of this is the accusation made against President Trump by this individual and the Garbage Party, not outing someone.