November 13, 2019

As we head into the farcical public “impeachment inquiry” hearings starting today, House Intel Chairman Adam Schiff is doing everything he can to keep the name of the “whistleblower” (I prefer “Democratic operative/spy”) from becoming a part of the official record, let alone from being questioned live and in-person by Republicans such as John Ratcliffe and Jim Jordan. This is in spite of the fact that EVERYONE knows who this individual is. You know it, I know it, we all know it, the American people know it.

The lawyers for this person, of the anti-Trump law firm Whistleblower Aid, are threatening anyone who exposes the name of Eric Ciaramella with punitive damages, and apparently they have intimidated a number of media outlets that might not otherwise hesitate to report Ciaramella’s name. That’s unfortunate; I think we all need to grow a spine. As Gregg Jarrett has explained, the “whistleblower” law says nothing about maintaining anonymity except to say that, under most circumstances, the intelligence community IG is not supposed to identify him.

Democrats say they’re trying to protect this person’s safety, as there have been death threats. Pardon me, but if the name of this individual is not yet known, how has he (“or she”) received death threats? By telepathy? And if he (“or she”) HAS received death threats, that cow is already out of the barn, wouldn't you say?

As I have said, the Democratic operative/spy who MUST NOT BE NAMED is a man named Eric Ciaramella (pronounced “CHAR-a-mel-lah,” as in “CHAR-lie”), and his circle of friends is wide among the deep state anti-Trump D.C. crowd. As far as I know, this person has not been the target of any attempts on his life whatsoever, and I would venture to say that anyone with the courage to wear a “MAGA” hat on a college campus is much more likely to be so victimized. Charlie Martin, writing for PJ Media, lists numerous connections of this individual that were first reported by Paul Sperry of RealClearCommunications and also reiterated by me. Among other things...

–- He’s a registered Democrat, held over in his federal job from the Obama administration.

--- He worked with Joe Biden on Ukraine.

--- He worked for John Brennan when Brennan was head of the CIA.

--- He worked for the National Security Council.

--- He was transferred out of the NSC for leaking.

--- He turned to Adam Schiff (and/or staff) for “guidance” before filing his complaint against Trump.

--- He was cooperating with DNC operative Alexandra Chalupa, who was lobbying for Ukraine aid and working with the then-prime minister to support Hillary Clinton over Trump in 2016.

Now it seems we also have the name of the original complainant, Alexander Vindman, who DID hear the Trump/Zelensky phone call at issue. It’s apparently okay to mention Vindman’s name. Vindman, Vindman, Vindman. Why it’s okay to mention Vindman’s name and not Ciaramella’s is a mystery.

Why can’t we say Ciaramella’s name? I would say that’s the $64,000 question. (Hey, that’s less than Hunter Biden made from Burisma every month for doing nothing.)

Neither Sara Carter nor Gregg Jarrett were allowed to say Eric Ciaramella’s name when they appeared together recently on FOX News, but at least that didn’t stop them from having a good conversation about the Democrat operative/spy, whose lawyer Mark Zaid referred to a “coup” in a tweet several years ago. Zaid, Carter said, “didn’t just appear out of thin air. Mark Zaid has been around for a long time. He has been closely connected, of course, to the U.S. intelligence community, he has represented other CIA officers as an attorney for them, he very much knows what’s going on in Washington, and he’s very much against Trump.”

As Carter went on to say, he was specifically soliciting “whistleblowers” to go after Trump. “...He made it perfectly clear in 2017 that a coup was coming and that it would be led by attorneys.”

So, what about Alexander Vindman? Though his testimony before the Adam Schiff’s Intel Committee on October 29 was behind closed doors, he surely made an impressive appearance for his deposition, decked out in his full dress Army uniform. And, yes, this man deserves the honors he has received for service to his country.

Vindman was testifying in his current position as White House National Security Council Ukraine expert. (Note that Eric Ciaramella was also a member of the NSC.) He did actually hear the phone call between Presidents Trump and Zelensky, as one of numerous officials who were, by tradition, listening in. “I did not think it was proper for [Trump] to demand that a foreign government investigate a U.S. citizen,” he said in an opening statement that, of course, leaked, causing most U.S. media outlets to go ape.

But now, instead of just the opening statement, we have the full, 340-page transcript of his closed-door testimony. As Byron York says in the WASHINGTON EXAMINER, the Vindman transcript shows "a witness whose testimony was filled with opinion, with impressions, who had little new to offer, who withheld important information from the committee, who was steeped in a bureaucracy that has often been hostile to the President, and whose lawyer, presumably with Vindman’s approval, expressed unmistakable disdain, verging on contempt, for members of Congress who asked inconvenient questions.”

York sees four problems with Vindman’s testimony:

1) He has few new facts to offer. Yes, he heard the call, but the transcript of that call has already been released at President Trump’s request. He has already said the transcript is “very accurate.”

2) He withheld important information from investigtors. Vindman repeatedly refused to answer the question about whether he had talked about the Trump/Zelensky call to others aside from the few he had mentioned in testimony. HIs lawyer, along with Adam Schiff, threw up a brick wall. His lawyer said they should “try to respect his feelings.” I am not kidding.

In fact, it seems that Vindman’s lawyer was most concerned not with Vindman but with keeping Ciaramella's identify a secret. He said, “ ...what I am telling you right now is you have to protect the identity of the whistleblower. I get that there may be political overtones. You guys do what you got to do, but do not put this man in the middle of it.” And then, “If the chair wants to hold him [Vindman] in contempt for protecting the whistleblower, God be with don’t need this. You don’t need to go down this.” (Note: you’ve just got to read this whole exchange; link below.)

3) There were notable gaps in Vindman’s knowledge. According to Byron York, Vindman, though supposedly the authority for Ukraine for the NSC and White House, didn’t seem to know much at all about Burisma, the nation’s second-largest privately-owned energy firm, or the oligarch who runs it. He also didn’t know any details about Hunter Biden’s appointment to the board of Burisma and didn’t think it was “appropriate” to even ask. And this is just scratching the surface of what Vindman did NOT know about Ukraine.

4) Vindman was, in York’s words, “the product of a bureaucracy that has often opposed President Trump.” He disapproved when Trump turned to “outside influencers” instead of Vindman’s “interagency colleagues.” (Never mind that other Presidents throughout history have done the same thing.) I would say that this dispute seems to revolve around policy and turf, which should have NOTHING to do with impeaching a President. 

As York summed up, “Now, parts of the foreign policy bureaucracy are in open war with the President, channeling their grievances through the House Democrats’ drive toward impeachment. When he testifies in public, Vindman will be the living embodiment of that bureaucratic war.”

Indeed. I, for one, can’t wait to see it.

ANALYSIS: Democrats have a Colonel Vindman problem

Here's more from Ben Marquis at WESTERN JOURNAL about Vindman's opening statement in his closed-door hearing.  Given most media reports, it's surprisingly positive about the phone call...

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  • Kenneth Lannan

    11/18/2019 04:20 PM

    Stop the stupid impeachment ritual

  • Linda Olds

    11/14/2019 03:06 AM

    Now, on day one of the public impeachment circus, Schifty, when asked about revealing the identity of the 'whistleblower', since he and his staff are the only ones in the House who know who he is, claimed that he does NOT know who he is!
    He's out there, blatantly lying to everyone there and to the American public, and nothing can be done???

  • Dwight Bolton

    11/13/2019 06:04 PM

    Why are these leakers not fired or transferred to a job in the sticks if they can't be fired?

  • Kim Freeman

    11/13/2019 04:56 PM

    Mr Chicken Schiff rates a “Seig Heil Mein Fuhrer” salute. This jerk is as evil as satan himself.
    How do we get such dishonesty, dishonor and disloyalty in our government?

  • Steve Shoemaker

    11/13/2019 04:45 PM

    I'm trying something new and it makes me feel a little better. Instead of saying "Oh Sh#t!", I am now saying "Oh Schiff!". It means the same thing!

  • joseph orsini PhD

    11/13/2019 04:07 PM

    Dems clever scheme: 1) air anti-Trump charges. 2) Committee votes to impeach 3) Pelosi magnanimously refuses to bring it to a vote "for the good of the country" 4) Senate never gets to air the President's side of the issue.

  • Stan Toman

    11/13/2019 04:04 PM

    First, thank you for this. Several weeks ago, the Dem’s saw a senile front runner melting under the pressure of possibly getting a real job....with responsibility. They thought, OH, O....what do we do now? If Joe can’t win, who can?
    Then the Dem’s get wind of a phone call POTUS has with Ukraine. The Dem’s hear he supposedly asked about Biden. Probably every POTUS has asked about corruption and graft before releasing aid to a country. Or they should have! Would not any POTUS want to know who or what has caused corruption. Everybody in Washington knows that Biden cannot win the Presidency, he has a snowball’s chance.....But wait, the Dem’s know they can spin this to their advantage!! The Dem’s pick someone who will fall on the sword to get rid of Trump. Payback will come later, they say. Sniff loses his seat but with new admin...well, payback time!!!! The American people see right through in 2016 when HRC and company release an old video at just the right time to destroy Trump and his electability. The American people are not stupid. We see right through this and what the deep state is trying to do.

  • Julia Jenkins

    11/13/2019 03:42 PM

    It would be interesting to know how much of our money the Democrats have spent on their antics. Do we have to pay them a salary or can we withhold it until they actually work? They really don't believe we could possibly be at least as smart as they think they are. It's scary to think that a lot of these people may possibly have given birth to smaller versions of themselves.

  • rodney burke

    11/13/2019 01:53 PM

    the name of the so-called whistleblower was released LONG ago. let's grow up and face facts. We KNOW who it is and what it is. A criminal who should be in jail. As for Vindman, he is full of opinion and what he thinks is irrelevant to what happened. He has zero creds. He lied and withheld information? Is that what an honorable officer does...under oath? There is NOTHING honorable about him now. He should be prosecuted under the Articles of the UCMJ and send to Leavenworth. What Schiff needs is what no one would do for hilary, knock the snot out of them. Schiff doesn't know who he works for. It's time he learned, the hard way. Maybe when the indictments come out the problem will be resolved. IMO the entire demo delegation from CA are nothing but " a den of thieves"i and should be regarded as such.

  • Patricia J Dannheim

    11/13/2019 01:46 PM

    I am 75 years old and have never witnessed such a despicable effort. Obvious that Shiff does not know how to run a committee. There will NOT be a spontaneous outcry that our President Trump did anything that would warrant impeachment. Just a few men that feel they were overlooked in their status, but nothing they actually know, in my opinion, there was nothing done by President Trump did is illegal ... it is a sham! Shame on the democrat representatives in this effort of their hate for our President Trump, try once again to rid us of the President we elected.

  • John F Samples

    11/13/2019 01:42 PM

    I find it interesting that Adam Schiff is in charge of the process as he is the one who supposedly possessed rock solid evidence of Trump's collusion. He has yet to produce that evidence. How can a known liar be expected to produce a fair hearing. It is past time to put this nonsense away.

  • Dennis Patrick

    11/13/2019 01:14 PM

    Since Schiff is in the Intelligence department why can’t the President send him to Iraq to check on them for a few months?

  • Mark Mittelstaedt

    11/13/2019 11:50 AM

    I turned on the hearings as background noise, not wanting to pay attention until people started asking questions. I cn't believe how long that gas bag Taylor has been talking. If I wanted...or needed ! a foreign policy lecture, it sure wouldn't be from him. With props to Springsteen...57 minutes and nothing said ;-}

  • Ed Thompson

    11/13/2019 11:46 AM

    Yes we are watching the the live circus show that those Democraps have provided for our entertainment today! Heard Joe Biden called “President Biden” by Adam Schiff already!! Interesting! What a wonderful waste of time and taxpayer dollars to have this drama going on! If Americans don’t see the problem here— the truth of what this is truly about—we are doomed to be lost to history as a one time great nation that succumbed to socialism and became as low as any third world country ever was. Be afraid everyone— be scared for your children and yourself if these people succeed in what they are trying to do. God SAVE America. PLEASE.

  • Thomas R Sprenger

    11/13/2019 11:44 AM

    Mike, your reports are right on, but his one is outstanding. When are you comimg to the Tamp Bay Area again? I met you a few years ago when you appeared in the Belle Shoals Baptist Church.
    Tom Sprenger

  • Janet Jacobs

    11/13/2019 11:29 AM

    Thank you so much for sharing this with us. We appreciate your help.

  • Ann Bruce Pineda

    11/13/2019 11:13 AM

    I grew up, Brother Mike, at a time when Russia was the monster and we were supposed to build fall-out shelters to protect us from their attacks. I have no love for Vladimir Putin or any man with such arrogance, but read that he had said once that the gay "community" should receive the same respect anybody would receive; but they should not try to brainwash "our" children. I'd also like to call attention to a book called Prisoners of Geography by Tim Marshall. the first chapter explains why Russia has for decades believed they have the right to Crimea. They now, thanks to climate change, are extending their influence into the Arctic, and the Baltic may be more navigable during a longer period of the year. For a long time, they have not had access to warm waters. The series about Catherine the Great ended last week as she had just become the monarch of that part of Russia, too. Democrats were previously the ones who said we should be nice to Russia. They and also Republicans like Mitt Romney now seem to have investments in Ukraine and see their power there. I am sitting through impressive speeches - for he/she who does not fall asleep - but Mr. Kent proved what Tucker Carlson has often said about the so-called "elite" in the USA. He based his own personal authority on the history and achievements of his ancestors. A song came to mind: "God bless the child who's got his own." I might be able to trudge through these speeches if they are ever available in writing but the boredom is enough for me to understand why these "diplomats" would not be chosen by a POTUS working for the working people of the USA. Didn't somebody say, "Keep it short."

  • Mary Jo Wilson

    11/13/2019 09:39 AM

    Thank you for all you do to get the truth out for those of us who have few places to go for it. I appreciate it more than you could know. Please keep up the good work and by the way, I love, love, love your show. Thanks again,
    Mary Jo