Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has publicly named the “whistleblower” who filed an anonymous complaint based on second-hand information regarding President Donald Trump’s dealings with Ukraine.
During a Wednesday morning appearance on WMAL’s Mornings on the Mall, co-host Vince Coglianese brought up the name of Eric Ciaramella, the CIA officer widely believed to be the individual who filed the complaint that sparked the impeachment inquiry against President Trump. Paul commented that Ciaramella is indeed a “person of interest” who should be a “material witness” before Congress in the ongoing hearings.
“Is it your understanding, Senator, that Eric Ciaramella is the whistleblower?” Coglianese asked Paul.
“I think Eric Ciaramella needs to be pulled in for testimony and then, I think, it will be ultimately determined at that point. But I think he is a person of interest in the sense that he was at the Ukraine desk when Joe Biden was there, when Hunter Biden was working for the Ukrainian oligarch. So simply for that alone, I think he’s a material witness that needs to be brought in,” Paul responded.
Paul had previously told the fake news to do their jobs and name the whistleblower themselves, warning them that he would do so if they refused.
“We also now know the name of the whistleblower. The whistleblower needs to come forward as a material witness because he worked for Joe Biden at the same time Hunter Biden was getting money from corrupt oligarchs,” Paul said at a President Trump rally in Kentucky last week.
“I say tonight to the media, do your job and print his name,” Paul said to the crowd as they erupted with cheers.
After he was challenged by reporters, Paul doubled down and said he would reveal the whistleblower’s name himself at some point if the fake news kept suppressing the truth.
“I’m more than willing to, and I probably will at some point. … There is no law preventing anybody from saying the name,” Paul said to reporters.
“I want it to be more about the process and less about the person,” Paul said to Bret Baier in a Fox News interview. “Nothing stops me. There’s no law that stops me from doing it other than that I don’t want to make it about the one individual.”
Paul showed on Wednesday that he is a man of his word, and he has the courage to resist the narrative pushed by the fake news, deep state and the Democrats. He refuses to sit idly by as a phony whistleblower undermines the rule of law and enables a partisan witch hunt that is severely damaging the country.