On Wednesday, Donald Trump Jr. tweeted out a story from Breitbart that connected Ukraine whistleblower Eric Ciaramella with the schemers behind the Steele Dossier. The story used Ciaramella’s name in the headline, and Trump Jr. was arguably the highest-profile political figure to run with the whistleblower’s identity. The media, certainly, has turned it into the worst-kept secret in Washington history. But they refuse to utter his name. And that, according to Democrats, the media, and a whole lot of mouth-breathers on Twitter, makes Donald Trump Jr. the worst person in America.
Our question, though: How can Jr. be guilty of “outing” someone whose name is already out there?
Ciaramella was first unmasked by an extremely persuasive piece of reporting from RealClearInvestigations. Since then, his name has been a mainstay on the conservative blogosphere. You won’t hear it on Fox News or read it in the Wall St. Journal, but any regular reader of Breitbart, Conservative Treehouse, the Gateway Pundit, or the Washington Examiner has known the name since Halloween. And you can bet your bottom dollar that everyone at CNN, MSNBC, the New York Times, and the Washington Post knows it, too.
But Don Jr. is a terrible person, somehow? Give us a break.
In a statement from Bradley Moss, a lawyer for the same firm that represents the whistleblower, was spitting mad: “These despicable efforts by the president’s family and allies to smear an individual who may or may not be the whistleblower is disgusting and reckless. It puts the individual in danger, no matter if he is the whistleblower or not, and is an insult to the federal whistleblower law.”
Well, if you needed confirmation that Ciaramella is indeed the whistleblower, there you have it. Unless you think we’d see this level of vitriol and outrage for the president’s son tweeting out the wrong name. Also, wouldn’t Eric Ciaramella have come out to deny being the whistleblower by now if his name was circulating like this? Of course he would.
The media’s just playing games at this point by not confirming his identity. Look at this correction to a Newsweek story about Trump Jr.’s tweet: “This story originally stated that Newsweek chose not to publish the name of the suspected whistleblower; Newsweek has not verified the name of the whistleblower.”
When the media is reduced to nonsense like that, what else can you do but laugh?
Ciaramella not only needs to be “outed,” he needs to answer questions in front of Congress. The American people deserve to know why his original report is at odds with the official transcript of Trump’s call with Zelensky. The public needs to know how deep his ties with Joe Biden go. The nation must know why he took it upon himself to try and bring down the President of the United States.
Donald Trump Jr. did nothing wrong. In fact, he’s doing the job that our media should have done a week ago.