Former House Intelligence Committee counsel Daniel Goldman announced that he has tested positive for the coronavirus.
Goldman, who served as the lawyer for Democrats in the impeachment process against President Donald Trump, announced on Twitter Sunday that his test results indicated he had the virus. He then proceeded to bash the president for trying to “gaslight the American public” on testing availability.
The former prosecutor tweeted that he is “almost back to 100%” and that his experience was “just like the flu.”
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
The Democrats’ chief litigator in Trump’s impeachment inquiry and trial accused the administration of being “shockingly unprepared” to handle the pandemic after he chronicled his own experiences in the past week as he tried to get tested in New York for symptoms.
House Intelligence Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff announced earlier Sunday that a staffer who left his office 10 days ago, had tested positive.
“Medical professionals believe that my former staff member likely contracted the virus after leaving the office, but we will still be taking additional precautions over the next few days,” the California Democrat said in a statement.
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
“Let’s be very clear: unless you have pneumonia and traveled to one of 5 high-risk countries recently, you can NOT get a [coronavirus] test in New York City,” Goldman said on Twitter last week, calling the lack of available testing “shameful.”
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
“This is not New York City’s fault. There simply are insufficient tests so they are being rationed,” Goldman added in another tweet. “And I’m fine. Just want to rule it out for my family, including three little kids.”
He continued to update on his condition and the struggle to get tested before tweeting the next day from a hospital bed at the Cornell University hospital where he shared that he was denied a test because his symptoms were “not that bad.”
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
“I tested negative for all non-Covid viruses and had a clean chest x-ray (so lungs are fine). Was told to go home and isolate until I feel better,” he tweeted later before heading out to Stamford, Connecticut for a curbside test.
5th UPDATE: Woke up at 4:45am to drive to Stamford, CT for a curbside #COVID19 test. One catch: I was told the results may not come back for 4 DAYS. @tomhanks test in Australia came back in 4 HOURS.
Now resting at home, feeling better, and trying to keep 3 little ones away. pic.twitter.com/zDX1dSHFj7
— Daniel Goldman (@danielsgoldman) March 13, 2020
Goldman then hurled his criticism at Trump and his administration, claiming the president “is sacrificing the health of the American public for his own personal interests.”
“My difficulty in getting a test despite the exact symptoms and a neg flu test underscores how shockingly unprepared this administration is to deal with this pandemic,” he tweeted Sunday. “In fact, I was told that NYC hospitals STILL would not test my wife — with similar symptoms — unless admitted.”
Given his stated desire to “keep numbers down” for his political benefit, it is impossible to reach any conclusion other than that the President is sacrificing the health of the American public for his own personal interests. 4/
— Daniel Goldman (@danielsgoldman) March 15, 2020
“One final note: I may be the first you know who tested positive, but I won’t be the last. Let’s take care of each other, listen to the experts and the cities, states and corporations who are taking the lead in the absence of the fed government, and get through this together,” he concluded.
The president declared a national emergency over the coronavirus on Friday and tried to quell America’s fears on Sunday during a press conference as the media continued to stoke the fires of panic.
MSNBC featured an interview with Goldman on Monday as he doubled down on his blaming of the president.
“Donald Trump can keep saying that ‘anybody who wants a test can get it.’ I am living proof right here that that is not the case,” he said on “Morning Joe.
Fmr. MSNBC legal analyst Daniel Goldman, who tested positive for coronavirus, discusses the challenges with testing.
“Donald Trump can keep saying that ‘anybody who wants a test can get it.’ I am living proof right here that that is not the case.”
More: https://t.co/eHlUZjXk2M pic.twitter.com/h1TdUJUGuc
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) March 16, 2020
Twitter users, however, were not buying Goldman’s biased assessment of the president’s response to the coronavirus crisis.
Fear fear fear ! Panic panic panic it’s all gonna backfire
— Mimi (@MimiSlife18) March 16, 2020
*Yawn*… one man’s biased account isn’t the systemic norm. Place the blame at the local level, where those decisions are made.
— Never Wrong (@K0FaSho) March 16, 2020
but he did get tested…what am i missing here?
— Tomstrodamas (@Tommando33) March 16, 2020
It’s a flu. A regular virus if you’re healthy. Just no vaccine for it. Wish the media would take a more positive tack, rather than scaring everybody with death counts. You can’t buy a hand or spray sanitizer in most stores. Media’s fault.
— rrlse (@priusport) March 16, 2020
You think you are hurting Trump but what you’re really doing is disrespecting those thousands of folks that are working 20 hours a day to help save us. Please stop.
— BH Gator (@gator_bh) March 16, 2020
According to his own thread, drs told him to self quarantine and for days he didn’t
— yw⛰️ (@thankscinco5) March 16, 2020
Why would anyone believe this guy? He lied throughout the entire impeachment fiasco and is a partisan hack that works for a lying sack of shit. So there’s that.
— Brig4Life (@Brig4L) March 16, 2020
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