House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff’s (D-CA) lead impeachment lawyer Daniel Goldman has contracted the Chinese coronavirus, according to a Politico reporter.
Schiff announced Sunday that “a former staff member” tested positive for the Chinese coronavirus. He added that the staffer left the office 10 days ago, and that although he “likely” contracted it after leaving, his office would be taking precautionary measures.
Politico confirmed it was Goldman.
CONFIRMED that the former staffer is Daniel Goldman, who led the impeachment questioning by the House Intel Committee. https://t.co/UFmN1ybY3B
— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) March 15, 2020
Goldman himself has tweeted about his ordeal of being tested for the Chinese coronavirus, along with criticisms of the Trump administration.
He tweeted on March 6 that he was leaving Schiff’s office.
Today is my last day as Dir of Investigations with the House Intel Cmte. It has been an honor and privilege to work for @RepAdamSchiff and with the amazing team he assembled. I look forward to defending the rule of law and our democratic institutions in other ways. More to come.
— Daniel Goldman (@danielsgoldman) March 6, 2020
Five days later he tweeted about having a fever and a headache.
Let’s be very clear: unless you have pneumonia and traveled to one of 5 high-risk countries recently, you can NOT get a #COVID19 test in New York City. If you, like me, have a fever and a headache (but tested negative for the flu), you are unable to rule out #COVID19. Shameful.
— Daniel Goldman (@danielsgoldman) March 11, 2020
It is not clear when he started feeling symptoms, but the next day, on March 12, he said “self-quarantine” was his only option.
3rd UPDATE: Currently in hospital bed of overflowing ER @WeillCornell awaiting another flu test and chest x-ray. Bc my symptoms are not bad enough to be admitted, I am not eligible for a #COVID19 test. Self-quarantine is my only option. This is pure triage, not any solution.
— Daniel Goldman (@danielsgoldman) March 12, 2020
Goldman said he got a curbside coronavirus test the next day. Despite suggesting it would be as many as four days until he learned his status, it took only two days before Schiff confirmed that Goldman had the coronavirus.
Now resting at home, feeling better, and trying to keep 3 little ones away. pic.twitter.com/zDX1dSHFj7
— Daniel Goldman (@danielsgoldman) March 13, 2020
Breitbart News’ Joel Pollak has detailed how the coronavirus spread throughout China and the world while Democrats were focused on impeachment. Pollak wrote on March 13:
We now know the cost of impeachment.
While Democrats were diverting the attention and energy of the entire country into a pointless trial that could not possibly have ended in anything other than President Donald Trump’s acquittal, the coronavirus pandemic was beginning in China and arriving in the United States.
The timeline of the two developments — impeachment and coronavirus — is shocking, and reveals the true cost of hyper-partisanship.
January 11: Chinese state media report the first known death from an illness originating in the Wuhan market.
January 15: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) holds a vote to send articles of impeachment to the Senate. Pelosi and House Democrats celebrate the “solemn” occasion with a signing ceremony, using commemorative pens.
January 21: The first person with coronavirus arrives in the United States from China, where he had been in Wuhan.
January 23: The House impeachment managers make their opening arguments for removing President Trump.
January 23: China closes off the city of Wuhan completely to slow the spread of coronavirus to the rest of China.
January 30: Senators begin asking two days of questions of both sides in the president’s impeachment trial.
January 30: The World Health Organization declares a global health emergency as coronavirus continues to spread.
January 31: The Senate holds a vote on whether to allow further witnesses and documents in the impeachment trial.
January 31: President Trump declares a national health emergency and imposes a ban on travel to and from China. Former Vice President Joe Biden calls Trump’s decision “hysterical xenophobia … and fear-mongering.”
February 2: The first death from coronavirus outside China is reported in the Philippines.
February 3: House impeachment managers begin closing arguments, calling Trump a threat to national security.
February 4: President Trump talks about coronavirus in his State of the Union address; Pelosi rips up every page.
February 5: The Senate votes to acquit President Trump on both articles of impeachment, 52-48 and 53-47.
February 5: House Democrats finally take up coronavirus in the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia.
“For twenty days, from the day the first death from coronavirus was known, Democrats did nothing about it. They were too busy with the president’s impeachment trial — a trial Pelosi had delayed unnecessarily for several weeks,” Pollak concluded.