Attorneys for the whistleblower who complained about a July 25 phone call between President Donald Trump and the Ukraine president has declined to confirm the identity of that whistleblower.
Real Clear Investigations said Wednesday that the whistleblower is Eric Ciaramella, a 33-year-old CIA officer who has worked for several Democrats including 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden. The report on Ciaramella contains at least one error, however, which has thrown all of it into question.
Attorneys Mark Zaid and Andrew Bakaj said they wouldn’t confirm whether Ciaramella was the whistleblower because it would put him in danger.
“Our client is legally entitled to anonymity. Disclosure of the name of any person who may be suspected to be the whistleblower places that individual and their family in great physical danger,” Zaid and Bakaj.
“Any physical harm the individual and/or their family suffers as a result of disclosure means that the individuals and publications reporting such names will be personally liable for that harm. Such behavior is at the pinnacle of irresponsibility and is intentionally reckless,” his attorneys continued.
Ciaramella was Ukraine director on the National Security Council at the tail end of the Obama administration and the early months of the Trump administration, when he was briefly acting senior director for European and Russian affairs. According to testimony, Ciaramella did not actually have any direct knowledge of the accusations in his report.
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