During the Wednesday Senate impeachment trial of the president, GOP Senator Rand Paul sent a question to trial presiding officer Chief Justice John Roberts that mentioned the name of CIA informer Eric Ciaramella. Roberts would not permit the question to be raised.
Paul later publicly threatened to force the issue during the trial on Thursday.
Personally, we just wish Paul would, Jan Brady-like, just rise and shout, “Ciaramella! Ciaramella! Ciaramella!” to get this nonsense out of the way once and for all.
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Roberts is playing a dangerous game, censoring a member of the United States Senate. This is especially true as he knows there is absolutely no legal reason to do so. Federal law protects informers from retaliation in the workplace. It has no stipulations at all (not one, zilch, nada, zip) that mandate the anonymity of the informer.
This is a charade that has been promulgated by the Democrats to protect the complete and utter falsehood of the very basis of the whole impeachment drama. That the Chief Justice has bought into this fiction reminds observers of his past spineless attitudes when it came to Obamacare and other issues before the high court.
The generally conservative jurist seems to feel he has to throw the Left a bone now and then, lest he be dubbed a Republican and thus become fish food for the leftist media.
What he doesn’t get is that to be actually non-partisan would mean that he wouldn’t buy into any agitprop from either side. Not just favor the Left when the whim strikes him.
Ciaramella! Ciaramella! Ciaramella! Sorry, just felt like doing that again on general principle.
There is good reason why Schiff and company want to protect Ciaramella from public exposure or questioning. Ciaramella is a long time and rabid Democrat operative. He’s worked at CIA and in a host of Democrat national security posts and his knowledge of the phone call at the heart of impeachment is second hand at best. Not to mention his entire shtick was likely concocted and coordinated directly by Schiff and his staffers.
And oh yeah, Ciaramella worked directly with Joe Biden on issues involving Ukraine.
Uh huh, get it now?
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Little Eric would be mincemeat for Alan Dershowitz and Jay Sekulow if he was called to take the stand. That’s why if the Democrats really want witnesses it could go very badly for them.
But that question takes a second place to the expected fireworks between Paul and Roberts when the trial begins again Thursday afternoon.