Representative Matt Gaetz laid into Democrat witness Mr. Daniel Goldman during today’s impeachment hearing, suggesting that if he had donated more money, he might be allowed to also question witnesses like Mr. Berke.
“You’ve given tens of thousands of dollars to democrats, right?” Gaetz asked, to which Goldman responded in the affirmative. “Do you think if you gave more money you’d be able to answer questions like Mr. Berke did?”
Unable to respond, Gaetz merely stated “I guess it’s something you’re still pondering.”
Gaetz also used his time to call out the partisan effort to remove the president.
“Unless you have bipartisan consensus, impeachment is a divisive issue in the country many people would think is being done for political reasons,” he says, quoting House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. “And here we arem in the most partisan presidential impeachment in American history.”
“When we opened the inquiry, no republicans voted with the democrats,” he continued. “You had democrats voting with us in the only bipartisan vote to shut down this impeachment.”
“That brings us to your role, Mr. Goldman. Are you here as a partisan advocate for the democrat position, or are you here as a nonpartisan investigator of the facts?”
Gaetz proceeded to rip into Goldman for a tweet he had sent:
“MATTER OF FACT, THIS IS ONE OF THOSE TWEETS, RIGHT? AND YOU SAID, NOTHING IN THE DOSSIER IS PROVEN FALSE, BUT THE DOSSIER SAID THERE WAS A RUSSIAN CONSULATE IN MIAMI, WHEN THERE ISN’T. THE DOSSIER SAID THAT MICHAEL COHEN HAD A MEETING IN PRAGUE WHEN HE DIDN’T. THE DASSIER SAID THAT MICHAEL COHEN’S WIFE WAS RUSSIAN, SHE’S, IN FACT, UKRAINIAN. AND SO, AS WE SIT HERE TODAY, WHERE YOU I GUESS GOT A TWEET MENTIONING A P TAPE PRESENTING YOURSELF NOT AS A PARTISAN, HIRED BY THE DEMOCRATS TO PURSUIT PRESIDENT, DO YOU REGRET THIS TWEET?”
Unable to answer the question, Gaetz finishes with the following statement (taken directly from closed captions):
.@RepMattGaetz shows how partisan the Democrats' lead investigator, Mr. Goldman, is a partisan hack. There is NOTHING fair or unbiased about the Democrats' partisan & vindictive impeachment sham. They are ALL trying to do their parts to impeach & remove their political rival. pic.twitter.com/lgWkaEh5H1 — Rep Andy Biggs (@RepAndyBiggsAZ) December 9, 2019
“I GUESS YOU DON’T WANT TO ANSWER THE QUESTION. MR. CHAIRMAN, EARLIER IN THIS HEARING YOU SAID IN YOUR OPENING STATEMENT THAT THERE IS NOTHING MORE URGENT THAN IMPEACHMENT RIGHT NOW. THIS IS THE MOST URGENT THING WE COULD POSSIBLY DO. YOU KNOW WHAT? IF YOU’RE A SENIOR RIGHT NOW AND YOU CAN’T AFFORD YOUR PRESCRIPTION DRUGS, THAT’S MORE URGENT THAN THIS. IF YOU’RE A MANUFACTURER WANTING TO DOMINATE THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE WITH THE PASSAGE OF THE USMCA, THAT IS MORE URGENT. IF YOU’RE A FARMER WHO WANTS TO OPEN MARKETS SO THAT YOUR FAMILY CAN SURVIVE AND THRIVE, THAT’S A LOT MORE URGENT THAN THIS PARTISAN PROCESS. IF YOU’RE A DESPERATE FAMILY MEMBER WATCHING SOMEONE SUCCUMB TO ADDICTION, SOLVING THE OPIOID PROBLEM, PROBABLY MORE URGENT THAN THIS PARTISAN IMPEACHMENT. IF YOU’RE A MEMBER OF THE NEXT GENERATION, DEALING WITH THE CHALLENGES OF EXTINCTION AND CLIMATE CHANGE, A BUDGET THAT’S OUT OF CONTROL, DRIVING UP THE CREDIT CARD OF YOUNG PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY AND WHAT THEY’LL HAVE TO PAY BACK AS A CONSEQUENCE OF OUR POOR DECISIONS, LIKELY MORE URGENT. BUT HOUSE DEMOCRATS HAVE FAILED AT ALL OF THESE THINGS. MATTER OF FACT, I’D SAY THE ONLY THING UNDER THE CRAS CHRISTMAS TREE FOR MOST AMERICANS WOULD BE A LUMP OF COAL, BUT THINK THEY’RE AGAINST COAL TOO. ONLY THING UNDER THE CHRISTMAS TREE FOR AMERICANS WOULD BE IMPEACHMENT. AND INVESTIGATIONS. I’VE HEARD OVER AND OVER DEMOCRATS SAY THAT THIS IS ALL ABOUT THE PRESIDENT’S PERSONAL INTEREST AND THAT HE ABANDONED THE NATIONAL INTEREST. AND IT BEGS AN ANALYSIS OF HOW THE NAISHTION IS DOING. IN NOVEMBER, 266,000 JOBS CREATED. 80,000 OVER THE AVERAGE. HALF A MILLION MORE MANUFACTURING JOBS IN THE TRUMP PRESIDENCY. 700,000 CONSTRUCTION JOBS. WE ARE DOING BETTER THAN EVER BEFORE. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE THRIVING. WHY WON’T YOU HELP US MOVE ALONG THE CRITICAL ISSUES THAT ARE FAR MORE IMPORTANT THAN YOUR PARTISAN IMPEACHMENT?”