Trump Responds to Reports on Whistleblower Identity: A 'Radical,' 'No Credibility'
Whistleblower's political bias has now become the elephant in the room
President Donald Trump reacted to reports, identifying the CIA "whistleblower" who filed a complaint about his July 25 phone call with Ukraine as Eric Ciaramella, calling him “a radical" with "no credibility."
In a report published Wednesday by RealClearInvestigations, Ciaramella was listed as the potential "whistleblower."
The CIA officer worked under several high profile Democrats, including Joe Biden, John Brennan, and Susan Rice.
But Ciaramella’s potential political bias has now become the elephant in the room.
Trump said he doesn’t know if Ciaramella is the whistleblower:
“Well, I’ll tell you what. There have been stories written about a certain individual, a male, and they say he’s the whistleblower,” Trump said.
“If he’s the whistleblower, he has no credibility because he’s a Brennan guy, he’s a Susan Rice guy, he’s an Obama guy.”
“And he hates Trump. And he’s a radical. Now, maybe it’s not him. But if it’s him, you guys ought to release the information.”
RCI's Paul Sperry reports that Ciaramella’s name has been raised privately in impeachment depositions.
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His name was also brought up in at least one open hearing held by a House committee that was not involved in the impeachment inquiry.
According to RealClearInvestigations report:
"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."
On Friday, Trump called for a televised "fireside chat" so he can address the American public and read the transcript from the now-infamous call with Ukraine's leader.
The President said Thursday he wants to read the transcript of his July 25 telephone conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to the American people to finally set the record straight regarding the contents of the call.
Trump says he wants to read the document in the style of the famous fireside chats delivered by President Franklin Roosevelt during the 1930s and 1940s - a tradition that was continued by President Jimmy Carter in the 1970s.