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BREAKING: Name of Alleged Whistleblower Left in Public Impeachment Transcripts Unredacted

by Paul Goldberg

Twitter sleuths have noticed the name of the alleged whistleblower, Eric Ciaramella is in the official impeachment transcripts and has not been redacted.

It’s unclear whether the name was not redacted by accident.

Benny Johnson speculated that Democrats may have messed up “BIG TIME.”

DailyBeast reports the lead impeachment inquiry lawyer for House Republicans named the alleged Trump-Ukraine whistleblower during a deposition with a key State Department witness.

U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine William Taylor told the lawyer that he did not know the person and had not had conversations with him.

But the fact that he was asked at all underscores what appears to be a longstanding strategy by committee Republicans to insert his name into the public record. The name of the individual ultimately was included in the transcript of Taylor’s deposition.

In subsequent depositions, Democrats have accused Republicans of trying to use the witness interviews as back-door channels for outing the whistleblower. Their fears have grown even more pronounced in recent days as several lawmakers—most notably Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)—have threatened to subpoena and reveal the identity of the whistleblower. The president’s son, Don Jr., appeared to take things even farther, tweeting out an article from Breitbart on Wednesday morning naming the alleged whistleblower.

From Vanity Fair

Tuesday, mainstream newsrooms have been unified in their resistance to naming the whistle-blower, whose anonymity is meant to be protected by law, even as several niche outlets have published the person’s alleged identity in recent days.

On Monday night, Rand Paul implored the media, “Do your job and print his name.” On Wednesday morning, Donald Trump Jr. raised the stakes by tweeting the alleged whistle-blower’s name along with a link to a Breitbart article. “The outrage on this is BS. And those pretending that I would coordinate with The White House to send out a Breitbart link haven’t been watching my feed for a long time,” he told Yashar Ali.

In no time at all, the Drudge Report screamed, “JUNIOR OUTS THE WHISTLEBLOWER.” But even Drudge apparently is on the same page as the vast majority of the press: The splash linked to a cautious AFP article that kept the name offline.

Don. Jr. may not have been able to corner the mainstream press into a position where it had no choice but to acknowledge the information he was putting out into the world. But his tweet did seem to alter the landscape a bit.

What happens if, say, his father, or someone else unignorable, were encouraged to do the same thing? “People are trying to soften the ground so someone names him and then we all have to cover it,” one political journalist at a major national news organization told me. “What does the media do when or if the president names him? Or, like, Kellyanne [Conway] on the West Wing driveway? There is a different calculation if someone from the White House names him.”

You can read more about the alleged whistleblower here. 

This article first appeared on TheConservativeOpinion.com 

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