Eric Ciamarella, the CIA analyst identified as a likely candidate for the whistleblower behind the Democrats’ partisan impeachment inquiry, was cited in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on nonexistent collusion between Donald Trump and Russia. In fact, the Mueller report cites Ciamarella’s May 2017 email summaries of a meeting between Trump and Russian officials — summaries leaked to a New York Times reporter. After citing Ciamarella’s emails, the report quotes the Times story.
The Democrats launched their impeachment inquiry based in part on the report of an anonymous whistleblower who warned about a July 25, 2019 phone call between Trump and the president of Ukraine. Democrats emphasized the whistleblower even after Trump released a transcript of the call.
While Trump and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) have called for the unmasking of the whistleblower, Democrats have insisted that anonymity is vital for his protection. Some details have leaked, however: the whistleblower is a former and current CIA analyst with connections to former Vice President Joe Biden. RealClearInvestigations’ Paul Sperry did some sleuthing and claimed to have identified the whistleblower as Ciamarella. Ciamarella was Biden’s guest at a State Deparmtent banquet in October 2016.