November 12, 2019

As we head into the farcical public “impeachment inquiry” hearings starting Wednesday, 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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  • rodney burke

    11/13/2019 02:02 PM

    I have the solution. Get a subpoena to the senate and a squad of Marines all over 6' tall and drag charlie to the senate, bodily lf necessary and make him come clean. let Trey and Mark Meadows come in for the interrogation. It's time for this charade to end! Schiff needs the fear of God in him.

  • Sharon Schroeder

    11/13/2019 12:29 PM

    If the *whistle blower* is being protected why isn’t the *whistle blower* from Right to Life being protected? Instead he is being prosecuted in CA? Isn’t this *having your cake and eating it too* ... a double standard that was declared WRONG in the 1960s!!!

  • Mark Mittelstaedt

    11/13/2019 10:47 AM

    How is it that Ciaramella gets booted from the NSC for leaking, and isn't outright fired ? Leaking can be, in some cases, a felony offense..Perhaps he was he set up as " expendable " by a superior who wanted something leaked, but also desired...thanks to Ollie North...plausible deniability ? ;-}

  • Darlene F. Donston

    11/13/2019 10:19 AM

    Very good newsletter! Well, as I have said a million times since Trump was elected.............he should have fired every single one of Obama's henchmen from that Admin. They all were the Evil from Within and STILL are!! Since Shifty Shi** is the leader of this pack now, I also believe that George Soros is behind it, too! Then there was an post yesterday on FB that said how much our debt has risen in the last several months............well when Congress is spending like a drunken sailor trying to get rid of President Trump and have been for 3-4 years now it is no wonder it is costing us a fortune and they are going to use our Social Security money for their own good, AGAIN! It is such a shame there is a DO NOTHING CONGRESS! I am really sick of all of this impeachment stuff and I am sure lots of other people are too! Just hope it all BACKFIRES on Congress! Thanks for all the information of the SPY! Because that is exactly what he is!

  • Ann Bruce Pineda

    11/13/2019 09:55 AM

    Dear Brother Mike: As SCOTUS is faced with the controversial task of deciding about DACA, I wonder if I read correctly that the Mexican government has been pressuring them to decide in favor of people whose parents took (I live in El Salvador) them to the States illegally. Even Obama admitted that his executive order giving these so-called "dreamers" (Young people in Arkansas don't have dreams, too?) such special treatment was not constitutional. Mexico, however, thinks SCOTUS is supposed to ignore a constitutional scholar in favor of the interests of Mexican cartels like the ones who massacred six children and three women who were U.S. citizens? If you'll google "Microbio" Prensa Grafica El Salvador, you'll see the news about Mexico's role trafficking drugs from Mexico in El Salvador, too, especially marijuana (still illegal here) and cocaine. The profits have seemingly been used to finance the MS13 and other gangs. I wonder if MS13, with control over a large area of Springdale (?), VA, (See This Is Life, Lisa Ling's CNN documentary on MS13.) didn't have a role in turning the state red in the last election. It's worth investing in a thorough perusal of the results now to prepare for 2020. I also understand that Democrats are defending those who have been admittedly guilty of identity theft, using social security cards which are not their own. Blessings to you, Brother Mike, to your family and followers.

  • Kara

    11/13/2019 09:37 AM

    Thank you. I keep informed from your truthful articles.

  • Sandra Malone

    11/13/2019 09:19 AM

    Thank you for laying all this out for us.

  • Dolores

    11/13/2019 09:14 AM

    I hear there’s a little joke circulating the internet. What do you do if you live in New York? Answer: leave! I am trying to do just that. But where can someone tarred with the damning accent go? Ah well, soon enough i’ll Get to where I am going. I have been vocal about Pelosi but notice I have been silent about the rest of the cabal. I can only direct them to three little words in Daniel 5. Look around, they're not hard to find. Thank God I’m working today and won’t have to see the circus in Congress. I am so sad at the mockery of our institutions and laws Shifty and his cadre have made.

  • barbara Bradburn

    11/13/2019 08:44 AM

    question is who minds the serious things while these people act like a .bunch of spoiled kids

  • David Colonna

    11/13/2019 08:26 AM

    The deep state is truly ruining our country and the power they hold within Washington DC and the media influence they have on innocent people who do not seem to think for themselves is mind boggling. I wish I can say don't get used to this in future elections, but to be honest with everyone this is just the tip of the iceberg. The deep state takeover is going to get worse before it gets better when Jesus's second coming happens. It sure would be nice if we did not have to live like this, Liberals destroying our hard fought democracy

  • Stephen Russell

    11/13/2019 08:09 AM

    Vindman: should be under Court Martial for deeds done & being in the WH
    Under UCMJ, prosecute alone.
    & others like him in WH circle.

  • Francis Xavier Rullan

    11/13/2019 06:01 AM

    Mike, is the name of the "whistleblower" Eric Ciaramella (pronounced “CHAR-a-mel-lah,” as in “CHAR-lie”)?

  • William Schlumpf

    11/13/2019 03:49 AM

    In the schizoid world of the leftist
    Loonie and their concept of a "living breathing constitution " it is not the president who sets foreign policy but a lt col. As long as that lt col's name is not North.
    I love watching the leftists crack up!

  • Jim H.

    11/13/2019 02:02 AM

    God be with all America - on this 13th. day of November (11th. month) as this is most significant in GOD COUNT’s!!!
    —- GOV. HUCKABEE- your article as written emphasizes!!!

  • Geoffrey max mordecai spiro

    11/13/2019 12:41 AM

    Nearly hyperventilated on the bus, you got me really laughing. Now people think I m weird, shucks.

  • victoria delacy

    11/13/2019 12:10 AM

    When are these democrats like Schiff et. al. going to be sued into bankruptcy for slander and defamation of the character of our POTUS?

  • Dr.Bob Brunner (Robert

    11/13/2019 12:06 AM

    Dear Mike,
    I just wanted to say "hello" to one of my favorite human beings this evening!! Yes, there are very few human beings who can bring a smile to our faces so well each and every time that we hear you speak, Mike, and that it always seems guaranteed when we see that you are going to be next in line to leave a comment on any given subject matter on Fox! My wife, Lavonne, and I always wait until the commercials are over so that we can then hear your commentary about any subject matter! We always know that you will being a gentle smile to our faces that will allow us to have a good night's rest!! May God Bless you this evening, Dr. Bob & Lavonne

    May God Bless you, Mike, Dr. Bob and Lavonne

  • Jerry Korba

    11/12/2019 10:21 PM

    Veterans Day brings Sadness to millions the price for our freedom is very expensive people talk about the dollar amount to defend our freedom we can replace dollars we mourn the burial of our Military men and women the price is high. Pelosi refuses to support our nations security by allowing open borders that allows deadly drugs to come in she might as well squat over the graves of our hero's graves and relieve herself that is how nasty this person is. Wish we had better people in her position Veterans Day is sad enough I love and respect them for what they have done and continue to do today however Pelosi's disrespect for our Vets brings a morbid attitude toward her a feeling I deeply regret. I like being happy. Everyone please donate to our Veterans organizations this holiday season in one way or another Pelosi and her gang won't. She is focused only on Impeachment nothing else matters she is very MORBID! Don't hate Pelosi try a little love in your morbid life. All the hate is making you look older no ones listening to you don't make it harder to look at you the horns on the top of your head says it all.

  • Anne Eagle

    11/12/2019 10:06 PM

    Not on today's subject, but I have a practical idea. Perfect Christmas gift for relatives and friends who need nothing: a contribution to the Trump campaign or your favorite local or state candidate in honor of that candidate. Let's start a trend, and at the same time fund those Conservative campaigns. Not many of us have unlimited funds, but millions of small gifts add up!

  • Jo Cluck

    11/12/2019 09:59 PM

    Well said. #TRUMP2020... Beat the Democrats at the ballot box and be certain none of the Soros voting machines are put in place. Crooked!

  • Amelia Little

    11/12/2019 09:42 PM

    You've got to be kidding!!! A hearing, an inquiry, where testimony about specific things are being questioned, and this lawyer (?????) says, oh, be careful of the witnesses feelings? I'm going to write to Judge Judy and tell her--it's all about feelings in court these days, she shouldn't ask any questions on her show that might embarrass or hurt someone's feelings!!! Actually, I'd like for Judge Judy to preside over some of these circuses going on--for one thing, she does NOT allow hearsay. The person who told you something has to be there for her to question that person. Oh, pretty much as it should be, huh? She also doesn't let you say, I think this person meant this or that, or, he was "aggressive" to me--spit it out, word for word and don't put "I thinks or I feels" in the mixture.

    I see FOX is one of the outlets who are intimidated by the spy's lawyers. Judge Jeanine was subbing for someone, and she and 2 guests were having a field day making fun of the fact that they are not allowed to speak the name on FOX. I don't understand about FOX--they have out-rated everybody else, but now it seems they want to come down to the level of msm? Sad, sad, sad.