The name Eric Ciaramella has been bandied about as the likely whistleblower that kicked off the impeachment campaign against President Trump. Intelligence committee chairman Adam Schiff and the House democrats leading the impeachment inquiry have neither confirmed nor denied that Ciaramella is the whistleblower. They have instead insisted on “his or her” protection, whoever “he or she,” may be.
But did they just screw up and reveal that the man they have been trying to protect – Eric Ciaramella – is indeed the whistleblower?
“Shifty” Schiff and his fellow Democrats have lambasted the president and GOP lawmakers for demanding the release of the alleged whistleblower’s name. They claimed Republican efforts to out the informant violated federal law and could jeopardize the person’s safety. “The president’s allies would like nothing better than to help the president out this whistleblower,” stated House Intelligence Chair Adam Schiff. “Our committee will not be a part of that — we will not stand for that.”
However, it appears Schiff may have accidentally leaked the alleged whistleblower’s name in the transcript of a witness testimony. On page 236 of the just released transcript of Bill Taylor’s testimony, the name “Eric Ciaramella” is included in a question the top Ukraine diplomat was asked during his closed-door session. Taylor was asked if the name rang a bell. He denied familiarity with the name as well as any communications with Ciaramella.
RealClear Investigations recently suggested that the alleged whistleblower could be Ciaramella. He is a registered Democrat who previously worked with former Vice President Joe Biden and former CIA Director John Brennan. His name has been tossed around on social media platforms for weeks and is known by many on Capitol Hill.
Now, the very fact that Schiff did not redact the name in the transcript after saying that he would, should the whistleblower’s identity be revealed in any testimony, could simply mean that Ciaramella is not the whistleblower. Or, it could mean that someone on Schiff’s staff screwed up royally, and accidentally released the name that they were trying so hard to keep secret.
President Trump has been pushing for the name of the whistleblower to be made public. “The whistleblower should be revealed because the whistleblower gave false stories,” stated the president. “Some people would call it a fraud.”