Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, accompanied by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif. and other congress members speaks during a news conference on Trump Putin Helsinki Summit at Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday, July 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

 

It’s remarkable that the liberal elites running the Democratic Party, who consider themselves to be the smartest, savviest, and most highly educated Americans, would have chosen Eric Ciaramella to carry their water.  If Washington, D.C. is a swamp, then Eric Ciaramella is a viper who slithers among them.

Most Washington insiders agree that once you’ve lived and worked there for a while, it actually becomes very small. Residents seem to have at least some degree of familiarity with most everyone around them. Considered one of the intelligence community’s rising stars, 33-year-old Eric Ciaramella was well-integrated into the Washington establishment.

When the American people fully understand that Ciaramella submitted his complaint for the sole purpose of triggering an impeachment inquiry, and learn about his activities and close associations in D.C., the limited credibility the Democratic Party still retains will evaporate. Especially if the Durham investigation turns up criminal or merely unethical behavior on the part of Obama Administration officials.

(Note: This morning, I posted a summary of investigative journalist Paul Sperry’s stunning portrayal of this young man. Sperry’s full report can be viewed here and my summary, here.)

We have all known people like Eric Ciaramella. They’re young, ambitious, eager to please and the boss loves them.

For Ciaramella in 2016, that boss was then-CIA Director, John Brennan. He was only too happy to do Brennan’s bidding during the election season. Because of Ciaramella’s experience running the Ukraine desk at the NSC, he worked with Ukrainian-American Alexandra Chalupa, a former DNC contractor, and Hillary supporter. Chalupa’s work digging up dirt on Paul Manafort forced him to resign from the Trump campaign manager and signaled the start of his legal problems. It also laid the groundwork for the Trump/Russia collusion narrative which followed. And our wonder boy, Eric Ciaramella was a part of that.

In June 2017, then-National Security Advisor H. R. McMaster appointed Ciaramella to be his personal aide. At the time, political commentator Mike Cernovich issued a warning. He wrote:

Ciaramella will have unfettered access to McMaster’s conversations with foreign leaders.

Ciaramella’s ascension is surprising considering pro-Trump sources within the Obama administration disclosed to me in December 2016, that Ciaramella’s helped draft Susan Rice’s anti-Trump talking points before the Inauguration.

In fall of 2016 as Obama’s director for Ukraine on the NSC, Ciaramella was the main force pushing Trump-Russia conspiracy theories.

Some suspect Ciaramella was one of the original leakers who told the media about classified conversations Trump had with Russian diplomat Sergei Lavrov. While it’s unproven that Ciaramella leaked that conversation, it is now a fact of life that he will have access to every conversation Trump has with foreign officials, as part of his official duties for McMaster.

When this story first came to me, my question was, “This is a huge personnel move. Why hasn’t Politico run it?”

My sources told me other outlets passed on the story, because, “This isn’t the type of information the mainstream media wants out there.”

Staunchly pro-Ukraine and anti-Russia, Ciaramella is the media’s dream, which explains why this high-profile personnel move hasn’t been covered in any mainstream media outlets.

Both Rush Limbaugh and Paul Sperry report that he was kicked out of the White House several months later for leaking negative stories about Trump. This is the whistleblower whom everyone is so concerned about unmasking.

On Wednesday, after witness Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman testified that he had shared the readout of the Trump/Zelensky call with a small group, I thought the whistleblower, Ciaramella, may have been one of them or at the very least, a member of that small group had spoken to the whistleblower. (Unfortunately, when Rep. Jim Jordan asked Vindman that question, Schiff abruptly cut off the questioning.) Limbaugh also thinks Vindman told him directly. He said, “He [the whistleblower] did not hear the phone call. Vindman told him about the phone call. This whole thing is a setup. The whole thing is a manufactured setup. The whistleblower had been kicked out of the White House.”

We’ve already heard that a member of Schiff’s staff met with the whistleblower before he had submitted his complaint. Schiff had lied about this on a talk show and was forced to “explain himself more clearly” afterward. The Sperry report says that one of his closest colleagues and friends, Sean Misko, joined Schiff’s staff in August, and another “at some point this year.” Ciaramella submitted his complaint on August 12th. It’s pretty farfetched to think that Schiff’s fingerprints weren’t all over the complaint document.

What is amazing is that his name did not leak for over two months. Limbaugh calls that a “classic illustration of the swamp protecting itself.” But he also sees another reason.

Nobody would be impressed by this guy. He’s a kid — and I don’t mean to be insulting 30-year-olds. Do not misunderstand me here. But he’s not… When you hear “CIA agent,” “embedded CIA agent,” you think, “Spy, national security!” You think “grizzled veteran,” not somebody who doesn’t shave but twice a week. He’d be totally unimpressive as an image witness. He’s a left-wing government leech! Ciaramella is. He hates Trump. He loves Obama. He’s from the Ivy League. They’re a dime a dozen in government. The Ivy League is a factory for these kinds of guys.

One of the ongoing theories is the reason she [Nancy Pelosi] pulled the trigger and held this vote now is because this may be the peak of this. This may be the last, best chance they’re gonna have at this because the identity of the whistleblower is out. And once that spreads and people get an idea of who this guy is — got kicked out of the White House for leaking, is a John Brennan-Obama plant — the weight his work here has been given, will diminish. Pelosi wants to max out on it at the best time she can.

It will be the job of Republicans to broadcast this information. Every American must know that the current impeachment inquiry is just a last ditch effort to destroy Trump. It’s Trump/Russia collusion 2.0. Really what the Democrats are doing is interfering with the 2020 election because their efforts to interfere in the 2016 election, despite their valiant efforts failed. Republicans must make it their mission to publicize every corrupt move they make and hold them accountable.