Gaetz questions Democratic counsel about political donations

Gaetz questions Democratic counsel about political donations
© Greg Nash

Rep. Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzGaetz in Twitter battle with Florida House Republican Apple under pressure to unlock Pensacola shooter's phones Conservatives slam Warren's call to put transgender women in women's prisons MORE (R-Fla.) questioned Democratic counsel Daniel Goldman about his donations to political parties during his questioning at Monday's Judiciary Committee hearing, zeroing in on Goldman as being potentially “partisan.”

Gaetz used his five-minute questioning time to ask Goldman whether he was testifying “as a partisan advocate for the Democratic position, or are you here as a nonpartisan investigator of the facts.”

Goldman responded that he was appearing in order to “present the report we did on our investigation, which was totally and completely relied on the actual evidence we uncovered, the witness testimony and the documents.”

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Gaetz then drilled into Goldman about his previous donations to Democrats and asked Goldman if he was “partisan.”

Goldman said he was not partisan, and defended his donations, saying he thought it was “very important to support candidates for office.”

When Gaetz then asked Goldman if he thought donating more money than he did would have allowed him to “ask questions and answer them” like Judiciary Committee Democratic counsel Barry Berke did, Goldman was silent. 

Berke earlier on Monday questioned witnesses. He also offered evidence as a witness during Monday's hearing. 

Republican members of the committee also asked witnesses about their political ties during the House Judiciary Committee impeachment inquiry hearing last week.