A major player in the Democrats’ effort to oust President Donald Trump from office has reportedly contracted COVID-19.
Daniel Goldman, one of the attorneys who worked with the Democrat-led House Intelligence Committee during the impeachment saga, revealed on Sunday that he had tested positive for the coronavirus disease, The Hill reported. Goldman says he has now nearly recovered.
“It was just like the flu”
Goldman served as Intel Committee Chairman Adam Schiff’s (D-CA) right-hand man during the impeachment inquiry of 2019. In his role as lead staff attorney, Goldman conducted much of the questioning during Intel hearings and was the one to deliver the panel’s final impeachment report to the House Judiciary Committee prior to the articles against Trump being drafted.
On Sunday, the lawyer revealed that his COVID-19 test “came back positive,” according to The Hill.
FINAL UPDATE (thread): My #COVID19 test came back positive.
I want to thank everyone for the outpouring of support. It means a lot to my family and me.
I am almost back to 100%. I’m lucky enough not to fall in the vulnerable category and, for me, it was just like the flu. 1/
— Daniel Goldman (@danielsgoldman) March 15, 2020
Goldman added in a later tweet that his experience with coronavirus testing has been anything but a smooth one. “I was told that NYC hospitals STILL would not test my wife — with similar symptoms — unless admitted,” he wrote Sunday, according to The Hill.
He also used the opportunity to slam the Trump administration, who he accused of “failing” at combating the disease.
“[President Trump] can try to gaslight the American public by repeatedly saying that everyone who needs a test can get one, but that was not true one month ago (when it should have been the case) and it is not true today (when there is no excuse),” Goldman tweeted. “Given his stated desire to ‘keep numbers down’ for his political benefit, it is impossible to reach any conclusion other than that the [p]resident is sacrificing the health of the American public for his own personal interests.”
“We will stay strong”
Schiff’s office had announced it would “be taking additional precautions over the next few days” after the congressman said Sunday that a former staffer — later revealed to be Goldman — had tested positive for the coronavirus, The Hill reported.
The outlet added that Goldman had left Schiff’s staff roster less than two weeks ago, though the congressman “said medical professionals believe the staff member contracted the virus after leaving,” according to The Hill.
The Washington Examiner reported Sunday that at least 62 people had died from COVID-19 and more than 3,200 had been infected. Health officials have warned that “thousands or even millions of U.S. citizens could die during the outbreak,” the Examiner noted — but President Trump, for his part, has sought to reassure Americans that “together,” we can “overcome this challenge.”
I ask all Americans to band together and support your neighbors by not hoarding unnecessary amounts of food and essentials. TOGETHER we will stay STRONG and overcome this challenge!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 16, 2020