Besides inviting Ciaramella, Biden’s office, as opposed to the State Department or another entity, sent invitations to more than thirty other people, including Obama press secretary Josh Earnest, Obama senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, Obama Homeland Security adviser Lisa Monaco, Obama speechwriter Ben Rhodes, and Obama national security adviser Susan Rice.
RealClearInvestigations named Ciaramella as the whistleblower last week. The report cites U.S. officials who said the invite to Ciaramella, “a relatively low-level GS-13 federal employee, was unusual and signaled he was politically connected inside the Obama White House.”
While Trump and his allies have called for the whistleblower to be identified, the whistleblower’s lawyers and Democrats argue that the person’s identity no longer matters. Still, Ciaramella’s name has been invoked by GOP investigators as they question impeachment witnesses, getting his name on record.