September 30, 2020

Rep. Matt Gaetz exposes political contributions, partisan bias of impeachment witness

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) was on fire Monday during the impeachment hearing in the House Judiciary Committee and used his five minutes of questioning time to highlight just how overtly partisan the Democrat effort at impeaching President Donald Trump truly is.

The Florida congressman particularly drilled down on the prior political donations and inflammatory anti-Trump tweets of Daniel Goldman, counsel for the Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee, who appeared at the hearing as a “witness” to present the case for impeachment, the Washington Examiner reported.

“I am not a partisan”

Gaetz began his query of Goldman by asking him if he was there “as a partisan advocate of the Democrat position or are you here as a nonpartisan investigator of the facts.”

Goldman replied that he was there simply to “present the report” from the Democrat majority of the Intelligence Committee, which he claimed was based solely on evidence, facts, and witness testimony.

Asked directly by Gaetz if he was a “partisan,” Goldman said, “I am not a partisan.”

Democrat donor

Gaetz then asked if Goldman had ever made political donations, which he admitted to having done, though he questioned how that was relevant. Gaetz said, “You’ve given tens of thousands to Democrats, right?” and also highlighted the political donations of the Democrat counsel on the Judiciary Committee, Barry Berke, which totaled more than $100,000.

Berke set the stage for a separate controversy in the eyes of Republicans earlier in the hearing in that he initially appeared as a “witness” providing his own testimony before moving up to the dais and grilling the Republican counsel for the Intelligence Committee, Steve Castor, The Hill reported.

Gaetz pointed out that rather dubious arrangement for Berke and asked Goldman, “Do you think if you’d given more money you might have been able to ask questions and answer them as Mr. Berke did?” When Goldman sat silent and provided no response, Gaetz added, “I guess that’s something you’re still pondering.”

Anti-Trump tweets

Moving along, the congressman asked Goldman if he’d ever “tweeted anything at the president,” and proceeded to place on display a blown-up picture of a tweet from the counsel after he admitted he had done so in the past. That tweet from Goldman claimed “nothing in the (Steele) dossier has proved to be false,” only for Gaetz to quickly point out several instances of known falsehoods in the infamous dossier.

Goldman refused to answer whether he had any “regret” for tweets like that and continued to insinuate that he was not a partisan. You can watch Rep. Gaetz’s entire five minutes of time right here:

It is worth noting that Goldman only joined the House as a counsel for Democrats on the Intelligence Committee earlier this year, and prior to taking that job he was a legal analyst providing partisan commentary for NBC and MSNBC, following a decade-long career as an assistant U.S. attorney in New York.

There is little doubt that Goldman is a highly partisan actor, as evidenced by his history of political donations exclusively to Democrats and his anti-Trump tweets, which should put to rest any sort of absurd notion that he is simply an investigator dispassionately putting forward facts without bias.

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