The name of the man many believe to be the “whistleblower,” Eric Ciaramella (EC), whose complaint triggered the circus we’ve been forced to endure, continues to pop up in the most unexpected of places. As these incidents multiply, it’s becoming clearer by the day that EC, the Intelligence Community Inspector General, Michael Atkinson, who received his “urgent” complaint, bloviator Adam Schiff and Sean Misko, EC’s former colleague at the National Security Council with whom he has a “bro-like” relationship, must all be questioned under oath immediately. If EC is the individual who filed the complaint, then this is the greatest “hit and run” in American political history.
In the last week alone, we learned from Fox News’ Laura Ingraham that EC was one of the principals in a January 2016 meeting between a group of Ukrainian government and embassy officials and their U.S. counterparts at the White House. Contrary to Democratic talking points, the meeting was set up because Obama Administration officials were quite concerned about Hunter Biden’s lucrative position with Burisma Holdings, a company which was under investigation at the time by the Ukrainian government. In addition to his key role in the meeting, EC’s name shows up on the White House visitor log as the person who checked the Ukrainians into the building. (I posted on this story here.)
We also learned from Real Clear Investigations’ Paul Sperry that two weeks after President Trump’s inauguration, EC and his colleague/friend, Sean Misko, were allegedly overheard by two former National Security Council officials discussing ways to remove him from office. These two individuals spoke to Sperry on the condition of anonymity. (I posted on this story here.) They also told him that, as we all suspected, Lt. Col. Vindman, who was in on the call, allegedly leaked the contents of the call to EC the next day. You may remember this pompous *ss was a witness during the impeachment inquiry. He asked Rep. Devin Nunes to please call him Lt. Col. Vindman.
The credit for most of what we know about EC goes to Sperry, whose report published on October 30th put his name out there for the first time. Washington insiders, including the mainstream media, have known his identity almost from the get go, yet no one will utter it.
Here’s what we know about Eric Ciaramella (EC) via Sperry:
He submitted a whistleblower complaint on August 12th.
He is a registered Democrat.
He is a CIA analyst who specializes in Russia and Ukraine. He ran the Ukraine desk at the National Security Council (NSC) in 2016. EC is said to be fluent in Russian, Ukrainian and Arabic, and was a favorite among Obama Administration officials.
He was detailed over to the NSC in the summer of 2015 and worked for then-National Security Adviser Susan Rice.
He worked for former Vice President Joe Biden when he served as the Obama administration’s “point man” for Ukraine. He may have flown over to Ukraine with Biden on Air Force Two.
He worked for former CIA Director John Brennan and appeared to have been a highly valued employee.
In June 2017, then-National Security Advisor H. R. McMaster appointed EC to be his personal aide.
EC did not have direct knowledge of the July 25th conversation between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. It is very possible he learned about the call from NSC Director for European Affairs Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, who testified last fall before Adam Schiff’s House Intelligence Committee.
EC contacted at least one of Schiff’s staff members prior to filing his complaint. Sources told Sperry this staffer was Sean Misko. Misko, EC’s colleague/friend was hired by Adam Schiff at around the same time the whistleblower complaint was filed. Additionally, Schiff hired one of EC and Misko’s former colleagues, Abigail Grace, in February 2019.
He was posted to the NSC in the White House’s West Wing in mid-2017 and “left amid concerns about negative leaks to the media. He has since returned to CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia.”
EC worked with hyper-partisan Ukrainian-American lawyer and activist Alexandra Chalupa in 2016 to dig up dirt on Trump. (Chalupa’s name will become very familiar as this scandal unravels.) The pro-Hillary Chalupa, a former DNC contractor, has worked in the Clinton administration and has held various staff positions for Democratic lawmakers. Sperry wrote: “Documents confirm the DNC opposition researcher attended at least one White House meeting with Ciaramella in November 2015. She visited the White House with a number of Ukrainian officials lobbying the Obama administration for aid for Ukraine.”
Sperry reported (in his October 2019 piece) that “federal records show Biden’s office invited Ciaramella to an October 2016 state luncheon the vice president hosted for Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. Other invited guests included Brennan, as well as then-FBI Director James Comey and then-National Intelligence Director James Clapper. (Sperry: Several U.S. officials told RCI that the invitation that was extended to Ciaramella, a relatively low-level GS-13 federal employee, was unusual and signaled he was politically connected inside the Obama White House.)”
If EC is the individual who filed the whistleblower complaint which launched the impeachment of a U.S. President, then he is not a whistleblower, but a political activist at best, and possibly a criminal. And Adam Schiff and Michael Atkinson, who facilitated this farce, have just become fact witnesses.