Judicial Watch announced Friday that it filed Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuits against both the Department of Justice and CIA for information on the whistleblower, whose complaint led to the House Democratic impeachment of President Donald Trump.
According to numerous reports the alleged whistleblower is CIA employee Eric Ciaramella. Ciarmella allegedly worked on Ukraine issues while on detail to both President Obama and President Trump administrations. The whistleblower did not have first hand knowledge of any of the allegations submitted in the report to the Intelligence Community’s Inspector General and was protected by Democrats in the committee from testifying.
There is significant public interest, thanks to the Obama Spygate scandal and the related abusive impeachment of President Trump, in what Eric Ciaramella was up to, Tom Fitton
Ciaramella’s name was circulating during the House impeachment proceedings and many Republican lawmakers wanted to call on him to testify, according to numerous Congressional sources. The sources stipulated that none of the Congressional members named Ciaramella publicly because of protections granted whistleblowers.
Republicans chided Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Adam Schiff, D-CA, who stated that his committee did not have contact with the whistleblower before receiving the IG complaint that the whistleblower submitted. Schiff said at the time, that “we have not spoken directly with the whistleblower.” In fact, the whistleblower had reached out to committee members before filing the complaint with the IG.
“There is significant public interest, thanks to the Obama Spygate scandal and the related abusive impeachment of President Trump, in what Eric Ciaramella was up to,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “CIA operative Ciaramella is documented to be involved in the Russia collusion investigation, and was a key CIA operative on Ukraine in the both the Obama and Trump White Houses. Our lawsuits are designed to break through the unprecedented cover-up of his activities.”
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Judicial Watch stated in the press release that the FOIA lawsuit was filed after the DOJ failed to respond to a “November, 2019 FOIA requests seeking communications between Ciaramella and former FBI agent Peter Strzok, former FBI Attorney Lisa Page, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, and/or the Special Counsel’s Office (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Justice (No. 1:19-cv-03809)).”
The lawsuit against the CIA was filed similarly, “after it failed to respond to November 2019 FOIA requests seeking all of Ciaramella’s emails from June 1, 2016, to November 12, 2019 (Judicial Watch v. Central Intelligence Agency (No. 1:19-cv-03807)).”
“Ciaramella’s name appears in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on the 2016 presidential election, in reference to two emails Ciaramella sent to then-Chief of Staff John Kelly and other officials, describing a meeting between President Trump, Russian foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Foreign Minister Sergey Kislyak:
In the morning on May 10, 2017, President Trump met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in the Oval Office.”
… (5/9/17 White House Document, “Working Visit with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov of Russia”) … (5/10/17 Email, Ciaramella to Kelly et al.). The meeting had been planned on May 2, 2017, during a telephone call between the President and Russian President Vladimir Putin, and the meeting date was confirmed on May 5, 2017, the same day the President dictated ideas for the Comey termination letter to Stephen Miller…. (5/10/17 Email, Ciaramella to Kelly et al.).
Information about this phone call was subsequently leaked to The New York Times.
Judicial Watch recently compiled an extensive list of persons Ciaramella met while in the Obama-era White House.
That list includes, but is not limited to, Daria Kaleniuk, co-founder and executive director of the Soros-funded Anticorruption Action Center (AntAC) in Ukraine; Gina Lentine, formerly the Eurasia program coordinator at Soros funded Open Society Foundations; and former Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland, who had extensive involvement with Clinton-funded dossier. The logs also reveal that Alexandra Chalupa, a contractor hired by the DNC during the 2016 election who coordinated with Ukrainians to investigate President Trump and his former campaign manager Paul Manafort, visited the White House 27 times.