In an interview with Fox News host Maria Bartiromo on Sunday, Sen. Lindsey Graham said that Democrats’ refusal to name the Ukraine whistleblower and make him available for questioning was a fatal flaw in the impeachment inquiry process. The South Carolina Republican insisted that until such time as the whistleblower comes forward to stand behind his complaint against the president, he would not treat the inquiry as anything more than a partisan circus.
“I consider any impeachment in the House that doesn’t allow us to know who the whistleblower is to be invalid,” Graham said. “Because without the whistleblower complaint, we wouldn’t be talking about any of this.”
Graham, knowing that it breaks code to admit that he already knows who the whistleblower is, went on to cleverly describe Eric Ciaramella’s background as the type of whistleblower who couldn’t be trusted.
“What’s going to happen, when you find out who the whistleblower is, I’m confident you’re going to find out it’s somebody from the deep state. You’re going to find out that they had interactions with Schiff. And this thing’s going to stink to high heaven,” Graham said.
Of course, that’s exactly where Ciaramella comes from, and that’s exactly how this whole thing smells.
Graham then hilariously said that it would be “stunning if the whistleblower comes from the Brennan world,” referencing former CIA Director John Brennan – the man who was, indeed, Ciaramella’s boss during their time in the Obama administration. He also said it would be a matter of immense concern if the whistleblower has “a connection to a Democratic candidate.”
We know, of course, that Ciaramella regularly worked with then-Vice President Joe Biden on matters relating to Ukraine.
The way Graham is playing this is brilliant. Okay, Democrats, we’re all going to sit around and pretend that we don’t who the whistleblower is? Fair enough, we’ll play along. In the meantime, we’ll make it clear that IF he turns out to be, you know, exactly who he is…well, that would disqualify virtually everything he’s said about President Trump and this phone call. And the Democrats can’t really fight back against this argument without essentially admitting that Ciaramella is the whistleblower. It’s masterful.
“It’s impossible to bring this case forward, in my view, fairly without us knowing who the whistle-blower is, and having a chance to cross-examine them about any biases that they may have,” Graham said. “It is impossible to conduct an impeachment inquiry when the chief complaining witness is unknown to the president, not subject to cross-examination.”
Democrats do not want to put Eric Ciaramella on the stand, and it has nothing to do with protecting him from bloodthirsty Trump supporters or whatever it is they claim to be afraid of. It’s because the moment Republicans put this guy under the harsh lights of questioning, his whole motivation scheme is going to be exposed as the attempted left-wing coup that it is.
But Graham is absolutely right – if they want to hide this guy in the closet, there’s no reason whatsoever to take any of this seriously.