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Democrat, GOP Impeachment Counsels Are Polar Opposites Sharing the Spotlight

WASHINGTON—Most of the cross-examination of witnesses during the House impeachment hearings will be done by two men—Daniel S. Goldman for the Democrats and Stephen R. Castor for the Republicans—who could hardly be more different in their backgrounds and professional careers.

Goldman is a product of the Eastern liberal elite, having attended Sidwell Friends School in the nations capital, then going on to Yale for his undergraduate work and earning a law degree from Stanford. He is an intensely fervent anti-Trumper.

His father was also a federal prosecutor but died when Goldman was a young man. Goldmans great grandmother was a Levi Strauss heiress, and his mother, Susan Sachs, was chairwoman of Sidwell Friends for many years.

Goldman spent a decade as a federal prosecutor in the fabled Southern District of New York (SDNY), where he became something of a legal celebrity known for handling high-profile cases, especially when they involved mobsters and Russians.

“His pedigree fit the mission that [House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam] Schiff laid out: Goldman had spent 10 years as a federal prosecutor in the Southern District of New York, where he prosecuted organized-crime syndicates—including some linked to Russians—for a variety of crimes,” according to the Daily Beast.

“His work at SDNY was often headline-grabbing: He was the lead prosecutor of the famous gambler Billy Walters, who was convicted and sentenced to five years in jail for an insider-trading scheme in 2017. Goldman also helped lead the prosecution of the former boss of the La Cosa Nostra crime family on murder and extortion charges, putting him behind bars for life,” the Daily Beast reported.

Goldmans public profile took a major leap upward in 2017 when he left the federal courts to become an on-air legal analyst for MSNBC, where he joined a hotbed of Trump resisters.

He acquired a huge Twitter following in the process, now numbering in excess of 76,000. One message he might now wish he had deleted went out last year in response to a Trump tweet condemning the “Fake Dossier and all of the lying that went on in the FBI and DOJ … ”

Goldman responded, saying, “What lying? Nothing in the dossier has proved to be false (including your pee tape). But we can agree that we all look forward to the facts coming out. Everything that has come out so far has shown you to be an out and out liar (eg Cohen tape, purpose of June 9 meeting, etc).”

Another tweet Goldman may regret came Dec. 29, 2018, when he said, “The way Giuliani/Trump act leads me to believe Mueller has so much more than we realize.”

A few months later, then-special counsel Robert Mueller announced that he found no evidence that any American colluded with Russians on the 2016 election.

While Democrat Goldman reveled in the spotlight afforded by being a federal prosecutor and a highly opinionated television talking head, Republican counsel Stephen Castor has labored mostly in obscurity.

Republican counsel Stephen Castor (R), alongside Ranking Member Devin Nunes (L), Republican of California, asks questions of witnesses U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine William Taylor and Deputy Assistant Secretary George Kent during the first public hearings held by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence as part of the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, on Capitol Hill in Washington, on Nov. 13, 2019. (SAUL LOEB/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Castor

Castor grew up in a prosperous small suburb north of Philadelphia, and to this day, lists the blue-collar Phillies as his sole hobby. He went to Penn State, a land-grant state school, for his undergraduate degree, then earned a law degree at George Washington University (GWU) in Washington.

After brief stints at AT&T and Blank Rome LLP, it was a short step from GWU to Capitol Hill, Read More – Source