The Deep State is still covering for the anti-Trump CIA ‘whistleblower’ Eric Ciaramella and refusing to confirm nor deny the existence of records related to his communications with FBI officials involved in the conspiracy to take out President Trump.
Conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch requested communications between Eric Ciaramella and former FBI CI chief Peter Strzok, former FBI lawyer Lisa Page, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and the Special Counsel’s office.
The Department of Justice and the CIA both responded to Judicial Watch and refused to confirm the existence of records related to Ciaramella.
Via Judicial Watch:
Judicial Watch announced today it received letters from both the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) stating they will neither confirm nor deny the existence of emails and other communications related to CIA official Eric Ciaramella, who reportedly worked on Ukraine issues while on detail to both the Obama and Trump White Houses.
The CIA letter stated:
In accordance with section 3.6(a) of Executive Order 13526, the CIA can neither confirm nor deny the existence or nonexistence of records responsive to the requests. The fact of the existence or nonexistence of such records is itself exempt from FO IA under exemption (b )(3) and Section 6 of the CIA Act of I 949, 50 U.S.C. § 3507, and, to the extent your request could relate to CIA intelligence sources and methods information, the fact of the existence or nonexistence of such records is exempt from FOIA under exemption (b)( I) and exemption (b)(3) in conjunction with Section 102A(i)(l) of the National Security Act of 1947, 50 U.S.C § 3024(i)( I).
This completes our response to the above referenced cases.
The Justice Department also refused to confirm or deny the existence of responsive records, citing, among other justifications, the personal privacy of Ciaramella.
Eric Ciaramella’s name appeared in the Mueller report in a footnote and his name also appeared in transcripts of witnesses who testified in the impeachment hearings so there really is no excuse for this type of response from the Justice Department.
“The CIA and Justice Department are covering up information about the alleged whistleblower behind the abusive impeachment of President Trump,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “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. The incredible secrecy about his activities shows that the DOJ and CIA are trying to cover-up rather than expose any agency abuses that led to unprecedented attacks on President Trump.”
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