Friday, January 15, 2021

Judicial Watch Sues CIA, DOJ for Communications of Alleged Whistleblower

Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group, has filed two lawsuits against the CIA and Department..

By Sunday Herald Team , in US Politics , at January 6, 2020

Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group, has filed two lawsuits against the CIA and Department of Justice (DOJ) after the agency and department failed to respond to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests that sought communications of the alleged whistleblower at the center of the presidential impeachment inquiry.

The purported whistleblower, Eric Ciaramella, a CIA analyst and the National Intelligence Councils deputy national intelligence officer for Russia and Eurasia, is reported to have worked on Ukraine issues during both the Obama and Trump administrations.

The watchdog said it sued the DOJ after it “failed to respond to 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 Counsels Office.”

Additionally, the watchdog sued the CIA after “it failed to respond to November 2019 FOIA requests seeking all of Ciaramellas emails from June 1, 2016, to November 12, 2019.”

Ciaramella, 33, is a registered Democrat and holdover from the Obama administration who previously worked with former Vice President Joe Biden and former CIA Director John Brennan, according to RealClearInvestigations. Brennan, an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump, is believed to have played a key role in establishing the FBIs counterintelligence investigation into the Trump campaign.

Lawyers representing the alleged whistleblower issued a statement on Sept. 30, 2019, saying that “the Intel Community Whistleblower is entitled to anonymity.”

Lawyers for the whistleblower havent confirmed or denied if Ciaramella is their client, or whether Ciaramella is the whistleblower, the Washington Examiner reported. The Epoch Times reached out to Ciaramellas lawyer for comment but hasnt received a response.

On Oct. 30, 2019, Ciaramella was named by RealClearInvestigations as the whistleblower who triggered impeachment proceedings against Trump. Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said theres a significant public interest in obtaining information on Ciaramella.

“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,” Fitton said.

“Ciaramellas name appears in special counsel Robert Muellers 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 Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.”

The whistleblowers complaint alleged that the president misused his office and engaged in quid pro quo activities with Ukraine, when he asked the Ukrainian president to look into the business dealings of former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden, who sat on the board of Ukrainian energy company Burisma while Biden was in office. Trump has repeatedly denied the allegation made by the whistleblower and House Democrats.

Trump, in the call, referenced Joe Bidens boasting in 2018 that while vice president, he had pressured the former Ukrainian president into firing a top anti-corruption prosecutor who was investigRead More – Source

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