GOP Rep. Louie Gohmert Publicly Names Alleged Whistleblower; Democrats Respond Angrily

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) publicly identified late Wednesday a person certain GOP lawmakers and allies of President Donald Trump believe to be the alleged whistleblower who initially revealed Trump’s quid pro quo with Ukraine.

Gohmert’s comments came during a House Judiciary Committee meeting about two articles of impeachment Democrats introduced against Trump this week. The Texas Republican said he believes the person he and his GOP colleagues claim to be the whistleblower should testify before Congress before any sort of impeachment vote is held.

According to the Washington Examiner, Gohmert identified the alleged whistleblower as a 33-year-old former CIA analyst who also served as Ukraine director on the National Security Council during former President Barack Obama‘s administration. Ciaramella reportedly stayed at the White House for the first few months of the Trump administration, where he briefly served as acting senior director for European and Russian affairs. Ciaramella is one of several people Gohmert said should appear before lawmakers as witnesses in Trump’s impeachment inquiry. The Texas Republican also named two former National Security Council aides as people who should testify before Congress.

“I could care less who the whistleblower is,” Gohmert said.


A week of political news in your in-box.
We find the news you need to know, so you don't have to.

When asked by Politico if he may have violated whistleblower protection statutes, Gohmert answered, “You need to do your homework.”

Gohmert’s bold statement marks a turning point in the Trump impeachment inquiry. His remarks quickly drew condemnation from several Democrats, who criticized the GOP lawmaker’s words as dangerous and irresponsible.


Rep. Don Beyer (D-Virginia) was one of several Democratic lawmakers to denounce Gohmert’s comments, as was legal analyst Barb McQuade: 

Last month, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-California) warned lawmakers that any effort to publicly reveal the whistleblower’s name would likely constitute an ethics violation. Schiff emphasized that the unknown individual holds a right to anonymity and to be protected from retaliation.

Pablo Mena

Writer for NY Giants and Rangers fan. Film and TV enthusiast (especially Harry Potter and The Office) and lover of foreign languages and cultures.

Recent Posts

Supreme Court Rejects Alabama’s Congressional Map That Defied Its Order To Create 2nd Black Destrict

The Supreme Court rejected Alabama's new congressional map drawn by Republican lawmakers last month, which…

9 hours ago

Biden Joins Picket Line To Encourage Striking Auto Workers In Michigan

On Tuesday afternoon, President Joe Biden arrived on the streets of suburban Detroit to support…

21 hours ago

Judge Finds Trump Organization Committed Massive Fraud, Orders Dissolution Of Company

On Tuesday, Judge Arthur Engoron ruled that Donald Trump and his company, the Trump Organization, committed…

2 days ago

Vivek Ramaswamy Criticizes Trump For Making ‘False Promises’ On Repealing Obamacare

Vivek Ramaswamy, a GOP presidential candidate, criticized former President Donald Trump for not being able to "repeal…

3 days ago

Gov. Ron DeSantis Promises To End Funding For Covid-19 Vaccinations If He Is Elected To The White House

Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-Florida), a 2024 GOP presidential candidate, promised to cancel Covid-19 funding, if…

3 days ago

Fox News Host Greg Gutfield Condemned By White House For Anti-Semitic Comment

The White House condemned Fox News Host Greg Gutfeld for making antisemitic comments while on air.…

4 days ago