Eric Ciaramella Named in Impeachment Testimony

James Sweet III | @jsweetIII

Eric Ciaramella, the alleged whistleblower of Donald Trump’s Ukraine phone call, was mentioned in Ambassador William Taylor’s testimony. The testimony occurred on October 22, while the RealClearInvestigations article on Eric Ciaramella that was widely circulated by Republican figures was published on October 30. The transcript of the testimony, which occurred behind closed doors, was released Wednesday as part of the Democratic Party’s effort to make the impeachment inquiry more transparent.

During the testimony, House Oversight Committee investigator Steve Castor questioned Ambassador Taylor about the whistleblower report. Castor then asked, “Does a person by the name of Eric Ciaramella ring a bell for you?”

Taylor replied, “It doesn’t.” When asked if he “never had any communications with somebody by that name,” the ambassador said, “Correct.”

The exchange occurred on page 236 of Ambassador Taylor’s testimony transcript.

Eric Ciaramella was never mentioned again throughout the testimony. His name was not redacted in the testimony, which contradicts the RealClearInvestigations report on him.

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.

However, it is consistent with The Washington Post article that claims Republicans “have repeatedly raised the name of a person suspected of filing the whistleblower complaint.”

Who is Eric Ciaramella?

Eric Ciaramella is a CIA analyst that was part of the National Security Council since the Obama administration. He is described as a “Ukraine expert” and meets the description of the whistleblower that the New York Times exclusively reported on.

According to Senator Rand Paul, Ciaramella was “Joe Biden’s point man on Ukraine.” The senator notably called for the media to print the suspected name of the whistleblower at a Kentucky rally.

High-profile figures, like Donald Trump Jr., have suspected Eric Ciaramella as the possible whistleblower. An aide to Congressman Devin Nunes reportedly leaked the whistleblower’s name to fellow House Republicans to get the name on the record.

The whistleblower’s lawyer, Mark Zaid, tweeted back in 2017 that a “#coup has started.” This, coupled with Ciaramella’s history, has caused many Republicans, including President Trump, to question the legitimacy of his complaints.

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