Suspected 'Whistleblower' Was Joe Biden's Guest at State Department Banquet
Eric Ciaramella attended exclusive dinner in October 2016 as vice president's guest
Eric Ciaramella, the CIA analyst and suspected anti-Trump "whistleblower," was former Vice President Joe Biden special guest for an exclusive State Department banquet in October 2016, according to a bombshell new report.
Ciaramella, a former Biden employee, has been identified by a number of news outlets as the “whistleblower” whose complaint triggered the Democrats' impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.
Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff has attempted to keep "whistleblower" anonymous since they filed a complaint about President Trump's phone conversation with Ukraine's leader.
Last week, RealClear Investigations published a report revealing the name of the person they claim is the infamous anti-Trump “whistleblower,” identifying the person as Ciaramella.
RCI's Paul Sperry reports that Ciaramella’s name has been raised privately in impeachment depositions.
The report says Ciaramella is 33-years-old, a registered Democrat who began working at the White House during the Obama administration and previously worked with Biden and former CIA Director John Brennan.
The Washington Examiner reported Thursday that Biden invited low-level operative Ciaramella to the prestigious event alongside several top Obama Administration officials.
According to the Examiner, Biden co-hosted the banquet with former Secretary of State John Kerry for then-Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.
Ciaramella, who is of Italian heritage, was among the U.S. officials who accepted an invitation.
Ciaramella, 33, is listed among dozens of other people who were invited to the October 2016 event hosted by Biden under the category “WH EOVP,” or the White House Executive Office of the Vice President, in an unclassified State Department document released through the Freedom of Information Act.
An “A” appears next to his name, indicating he accepted the invitation.
Besides inviting Ciaramella, Biden’s office, as opposed to the State Department or another entity, sent invitations to more than thirty other people, including Obama press secretary Josh Earnest, Obama senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, Obama Homeland Security adviser Lisa Monaco, Obama speechwriter Ben Rhodes, and Obama national security adviser Susan Rice.
The report cites U.S. officials who described the invite to Ciaramella as "unusual and signaled he was politically connected inside the Obama White House” because he was “a relatively low-level GS-13 federal employee."
According to Breitbart, Republicans want the “whistleblower” to testify; Democrats, who once demanded that he be given the chance to do so, now want to shield him from public scrutiny.
The “whistleblower” claimed the president had tried to force the Ukrainian government to dig up dirt on Biden during a phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
The White House released the rough transcript of the call, which supporters say contradicts the claims of the “whistleblower.”