How Did the Alleged Ukraine Call Whistleblower End Up in the Mueller Report?
As The Washington Examiner's Jerry Dunleavy reported, Ciaramella appears in a footnote on Page 71 of Mueller's 448-page report. Mueller cited two emails from Ciaramella to then-Chief of Staff John Kelly and other administration officials describing the details of a meeting between Trump and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Trump met with them the day after he fired FBI Director James Comey.
"The meeting had been planned on May 2, 2017, during a telephone call between the President and Russian President Vladimir Putin, and the meeting date was confirmed on May 5, 2017, the same day the President dictated ideas for the Comey termination letter to [Trump aide] Stephen Miller," the Mueller report reads, citing Ciaramella's emails in a footnote.
The Mueller report went on to quote from a New York Times article published on May 19, 2017. That article cited an "American official" who leaked to reporters a "document summarizing the meeting."
"I just fired the head of the FBI. He was crazy, a real nut job," the article quoted Trump as saying. "I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off … I’m not under investigation."