‘Bigger problems': Republican lawmaker says Schiff should confirm name of whistleblower – Washington Examiner
House Republicans will not confirm the name of a purportedly anti-Trump whistleblower but one of them believes that person still has “bigger problems” to think about.
According to a report from RealClearInvestigations, Eric Ciaramella, 33, a former National Security Counsel staffer and registered Democrat who was held over from the Obama White House and previously worked with former Vice President Joe Biden and former CIA Director John Brennan, fits the description of the whistleblower who filed a complaint about President Trump’s July 25 phone call with the leader of Ukraine.
“Well, as far as that particular person, regardless of whether or not he’s a whistleblower, he apparently worked for [former CIA Director John] Brennan. He worked for H.R. McMaster. He worked for Biden. He was tasked to the National Security Council on Ukraine,” Texas Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert told the Washington Examiner.
“And, gee, sounds like he’s got bigger problems than being a whistleblower, regardless of whether he is or not,” Gohmert said.
Other Republicans suggested House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff should confirm the name of the committee’s whistleblower.
“I can’t tell you what happens in the depositions, but I can tell you there’s one person in one’s group of staff members who know who the whistleblower is and that is Adam Schiff, and so you need to ask him whether this guy is the real deal,” North Carolina Republican Rep. Mark Meadows told reporters.
Arizona Republican Rep. Andy Biggs agreed, telling the Washington Examiner, “Hey, you need to ask Adam Schiff. Don’t ask me.”
One Republican aide to Ohio Republican Rep. Jim Jordan told the Washington Examiner, “We do not know if that is the whistleblower. Only one member knows and that’s Adam Schiff.”
The Washington Examiner reached out to Schiff’s spokesman on the matter and did not receive a response.
Susan Ferrechio contributed to this report.