From the very beginning of Trump’s administration, some sought to remove him from power.
From The Politics Brief. In January 2017, an “all-hands” National Security Council staff meeting was convened for the explicit purpose of scheming to “get rid” of then-President Trump. …
This 2017 NSC meeting involved a figure that Americans would come to learn more about during the first impeachment imbroglio, based on hearsay that Donald Trump was attempting to procure “dirt” on future president Joe Biden from the Ukrainian president.
His name? The accused “whistleblower” Eric Ciaramella.
A 2020 Real Clear Investigations article sets the scene:
Barely two weeks after Donald Trump took office, Eric Ciaramella – the CIA analyst whose name was recently linked in a tweet by the president and mentioned by lawmakers as the anonymous “whistleblower” who touched off Trump’s impeachment – was overheard in the White House discussing with another staffer how to remove the newly elected president from office, according to former colleagues.
Sources told RealClearInvestigations the staffer with whom Ciaramella was speaking was Sean Misko. Both were Obama administration holdovers working in the Trump White House on foreign policy and national security issues. And both expressed anger over Trump’s new “America First” foreign policy, a sea change from President Obama’s approach to international affairs. …
It is important to note here that both Ciaramella and Misko were implicated in the plot to remove Donald Trump in the first impeachment hearing.
Misko left the White House last summer to join House impeachment manager Adam Schiff’s committee, where sources say he offered “guidance” to the whistleblower, who has been officially identified only as an intelligence officer in a complaint against Trump filed under whistleblower laws. Misko then helped run the impeachment inquiry based on that complaint as a top investigator for congressional Democrats. …
Furthermore, the documentation that shows how Rep. Adam Schiff’s office was contacted by the “whistleblower” was reported as being “Secret.”
The investigators say that details about how the whistleblower consulted with Schiff’s staff and perhaps misled Atkinson about those interactions are contained in the transcript of a closed-door briefing Atkinson gave to the House Intelligence Committee last October. However, Schiff has sealed the transcript from public view. It is the only impeachment witness transcript out of 18 that he has not released. …
But a new Judicial Watch lawsuit seeks to uncover the documentation of the NSC meeting.
“Judicial Watch announced today that it filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Defense for reports submitted by a military officer to his superiors regarding an alleged conversation around January 2017 between CIA analysts Eric Ciaramella and Sean Misko about trying to “get rid” of then-President Trump (Judicial Watch Inc. v. U.S. Department of Defense (No. 1:24-cv-00068)),” the legal watchdog announced.
Judicial Watch “sued after the Defense Department failed to respond to a January 14, 2022, FOIA request for”:
Any and all reports submitted by a US military officer assigned to the National Security Council to his superiors relating to a conversation he overheard circa January 2017 at an “all-hands” NSC staff meeting between CIA analysts Eric Ciaramella and Sean Misko regarding trying to “get rid” of then-President Trump, as discussed in a January 22, 2020 Real Clear Investigations article available at this link.
Any and all records relating to any investigations conducted by the Department of Defense and/or its sub-agencies and departments into the alleged conversation between Misko and Ciaramella referenced above, including but not limited to investigative reports and witness statements.
All emails and communications sent to and from members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff regarding the alleged conversation between Misko and Ciaramella and any related investigations.
At a meeting of the NSC staffers two weeks into the Trump administration, an anonymous military staffer sat directly in front of Ciaramella and Misko and verified hearing them discuss deposing Trump. …
The NSC staff meeting, as described, would be evidence of high treason against a sitting President of the United States. …
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(Excerpt from The Politics Brief. Photo Credit: Official White House Photo)