Another Schiff Staffer Found With Ties to Burisma-funded Think Tank

Wednesday, November 27, 2019
By Paul Martin

by Luis Miguel
Wednesday, 27 November 2019

A second staffer for Representative Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, has been discovered to have ties to the Atlantic Council, a think tank that receives funding from and works in partnership with Burisma Holdings, the Ukrainian natural gas company whose relationship with Hunter and Joe Biden forms the basis of the current impeachment probe into President Trump.

The staffer, Sean Misko, reportedly joined Schiff’s staff at the House Intelligence Committee in August — the same month that the whistleblower’s complaint was filed after first reportedly interfacing with a Schiff staffer.

Misko has been described as being “close friends” with Eric Ciaramella, the CIA operative believed to be the whistleblower.

In 2015, Misko was a yearlong “Millenium Fellow” at the Burisma-financed Atlantic Council, making him the second Schiff staffer who has worked or currently works for the think tank.

The other staffer, Thomas Eager, is presently a fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Congressional Fellowship, a program that the organization’s website says “educates congressional staff on current events in the Eurasia region.”

In 2017, Burisma signed a “cooperative agreement” with the Council specifically to sponsor the Eurasia Center where Eager is a fellow.

Eager has maintained a close relationship with the Atlantic Council, writing Ukraine policy pieces with the think tank’s director and articles published by the Council’s publications.

According to Breitbart, Eager took an Atlantic Council-organized trip to Ukraine in August during which he held a meeting with Acting U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Bill Taylor, who is a key witness in Democrats’ impeachment probe.

That trip “culminated in a meeting with former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko,” the man whom former Vice President Joe Biden convinced to fire prosecutor Victor Shokin (who was investigating Burisma) on threat of withholding $1 billion in U.S. loan guarantees.

In addition to being a member of the Atlantic Council, Misko has been a donor to the think tank, giving $999 in 2016.

Founded in 1961, the Washington, D.C.-based Atlantic Council is similar to the globalist Council on Foreign Relations — a mechanism by which the globalist establishment staffs key positions in government and influences decision-makers. The Council was founded with the goal of fostering greater integration between North America and Europe.

Burisma is far from the only eyebrow-raising source of funding for the Atlantic Council. Other financing groups from the world of the globalist elite include the Rockefeller Foundation, Google, and George Soros’ Open Society Foundations.

Another donor: Perkins Coie, the law firm that represented both the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and that reportedly helped enlist the help of the firm CrowdStrike with the DNC’s server, which was allegedly hacked.

It was also Perkins Coie that paid the opposition research firm Fusion GPS to produce the salacious Trump dossier authored by former British spy Christopher Steele.

The Washington Examiner reported that Misko is “close friends” with Eric Ciaramella and shares a “bro-like” relationship with him.

According to the newspaper, the two “had similarly antagonistic attitudes toward the Trump administration and were witnessed by a former National Security Council official, like Ciaramella, a nonpolitical appointee, to frequently be around one another.”

“My understanding was that they were friendly with one another,” said a former National Security Council official, who was described as Ciaramella’s senior. “They would walk around the halls. Get lunch together and stuff like that.”

The Washington Examiner piece continued:

According to the former official, Trump’s first national security adviser Gen. Michael Flynn, who was fired by Trump after 24 days, wanted to “actually take the fight to our enemies and have real strategies, and it was such a contrast because whatever the hell the Obama NSC was doing, they were not taking on our adversaries.”

He said, “There was this weird cultural hostility to me asking him, ‘You know, are you guys doing your job here?’ He had a lot of arrogance about him,” adding that Ciaramella behaved like he had protection at the NSC, so he could be insubordinate to a more senior official.

Several outlets and public officials, including RealClearInvestigation and Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.), have reported or hinted at Eric Ciaramella being the whistleblower whose complaint launched the impeachment probe.

While it is not against the law for anyone except the Inspector General to disclose the name of the whistleblower, several media outlets, such as Fox News, along with social-media giants YouTube and Facebook, have undertaken efforts to suppress dissemination of Ciaramella’s name.

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