Rep. Goldman Paid Over $157,000 to Judge’s Daughter’s Firm, Clarifies Cohen Testimony

 May 16, 2024

Rep. Dan Goldman’s involvement in Michael Cohen's preparation for testimony has sparked concerns amid the ongoing trial of former President Donald Trump.

Goldman clarified that his participation was linked to previous depositions, not the current Trump trial.

According to Breitbart News, Goldman’s office stated on Wednesday that his comments about preparing Cohen referred to a February 2019 deposition. In this deposition, Goldman, then the Director of Investigations for the House Intelligence Committee, oversaw an investigation into Trump’s financial ties to Russia. This clarification came after initial reports suggested Goldman was involved in the ongoing trial in New York.

Potential Conflicts of Interest Raise Concerns

The clarification from Goldman’s office has not quelled all concerns. Goldman’s payment of over $157,000 to Loren Merchan’s political consulting firm has drawn scrutiny. Loren Merchan is the daughter of Justice Juan Merchan, who is presiding over the Trump trial.

Critics argue that Goldman's financial connection to Merchan's daughter could imply a conflict of interest. The CEO of the Federalist, Sean Davis, took to X to voice his discontent:

How on earth can you have someone who pays off the judge’s family deliberately coaching witnesses in the trial, and call it a fair trial? You can’t. This entire thing is a farce.

Goldman’s office has emphasized that the Congressman has had no involvement with the Manhattan District Attorney’s prosecution of Trump. Nonetheless, the financial link to the judge’s family remains a point of contention.

Goldman’s Political and Legal Background

Dan Goldman, whose net worth is estimated at $253 million, has been a prominent figure in several high-profile investigations. He served as lead counsel to House Managers during the Democrats' impeachment attempt of Trump. This role positioned him as a significant player in political and legal circles.

Goldman has a history of working as a prosecutor in the Southern District of New York. He has appeared on MSNBC, where he contributed to discussions around the “Russia collusion” conspiracy theory. His involvement in the House Intelligence Committee also saw him leading the investigation into Trump’s phone call with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky.

Despite his past roles, Goldman’s financial activities have also garnered attention. He was among the top stock traders in 2023, reportedly outperforming the market by 52.8%.

Reactions and Further Implications

The unfolding events surrounding Goldman’s past and present activities have elicited varied reactions. While his office attempts to distance him from the current Trump trial, the payments to Loren Merchan’s firm remain a focal point. These revelations have exacerbated discussions about the trial's fairness.

Goldman addressed his interactions with Cohen on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, stating that he met with Cohen “a number of times to prepare him” for testifying. He distinguished between Cohen's past demeanor during the Attorney General’s case and his current behavior.

I have deposed Michael Cohen, and I have met with him a number of times to prepare him. This [Trump trial] was different testimony than what his demeanor was during the AG’s case. This is different than he has been in the past. But the question is not how he is on direct examination. The question is how he is on cross examination.

Looking Ahead to the Trial’s Outcome

As the trial of former President Donald Trump continues, potential conflicts of interest involving Rep. Dan Goldman and Justice Juan Merchan’s daughter remain under scrutiny. Critics' concerns about the fairness of the trial are unlikely to dissipate soon. Goldman's political background and financial dealings add complexity to the unfolding narrative.

In summary, the story of Rep. Dan Goldman’s involvement with Michael Cohen’s testimony and his financial connections highlights significant issues of perceived fairness in the ongoing trial of former President Donald Trump. With clarifications from his office attempting to address these concerns, the broader implications for legal and political integrity continue to be debated.

About Robert Cunningham

With years of experience at the forefront of political commentary, Robert Cunningham brings a blend of sharp wit and deep insight to his analysis of American principles at the Capitalism Institute.

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