Twice this week during the Senate impeachment trial Chief Justice John Roberts refused to read a question submitted by Senator Rand Paul that included the name of Eric Ciaramella who is believed to be the whistleblower per a Real Clear investigation.
Senator Rand Paul submitted a question card and Roberts said, “The presiding officer declines to read the question as submitted.” The question asked by Paul did not have “whistleblower” written on it or made reference that Ciaramella is the whistleblower.
Senator @RandPaul sends question to the desk during Impeachment Trial.
Chief Justice Roberts: “The presiding officer declines to read the question as submitted.” pic.twitter.com/CCeB33HnRP
— CSPAN (@cspan) January 30, 2020
Rand Paul then went on his twitter account and posted his question:
My exact question was: Are you aware that House intelligence committee staffer Shawn Misko had a close relationship with Eric Ciaramella while at the National Security Council together and are you aware and how do you respond to reports that Ciaramella and Misko may have worked together to plot impeaching the President before there were formal house impeachment proceedings.”
My exact question was:
Are you aware that House intelligence committee staffer Shawn Misko had a close relationship with Eric Ciaramella while at the National Security Council together 1/2
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) January 30, 2020
According to Paul, his question was about if leftover partisan Obama officials “conspired” with House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, who just so happens to be the lead House Manager.
“My question today is about whether or not individuals who were holdovers from the Obama National Security Council and Democrat partisans conspired with Schiff staffers to plot impeaching the President before there were formal House impeachment proceedings,” Paul tweeted. “My question is not about a ‘whistleblower’ as I have no independent information on his identity.”
Roberts censoring Paul’s question raises larger issues about Roberts roll and the fact that an unelected judge just censored someone who was elected by the people to conduct business for the people. We as voters have a right to hear the answer to that question.
In October, RealClearInvestigations published an investigation that believes the “whistleblower” is Eric Ciaramella, an analyst at the CIA, and worked for the National Security Council Under Obama and the Trump administration.