The Democrats’ lead lawyer in the first impeachment of former President Donald Trump is planning to enter a packed field running for New York’s newly drawn 10th Congressional district that covers lower Manhattan and Brooklyn.
Daniel Goldman, the chief Democratic House Intelligence Committee lawyer during the first impeachment trial of Trump, is expected to announce a run for the seat, Axios reported Tuesday.
He will face several contenders like former Mayor Bill de Blasio, Rep. Mondaire Jones, Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou and Councilwoman Carlina Rivera in the Democratic primary for the open seat.
The former assistant US attorney took center stage back in 2019 as the Democrats’ lead counsel during Trump’s impeachment investigation.
He previously worked as a federal prosecutor in New York, where he took down Mafia bosses and corrupt Wall Street executives before joining Congress as general counsel for the House Intelligence Committee in early 2019.
The Post reported last week that Jones, who currently reps the 17th Congressional district, said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had made phone calls to discourage Goldman from entering the race, according to Democratic sources.
Goldman’s camp did not deny Jones’ claim that Pelosi spoke to him about the primary race and favored Jones.
“As the lead counsel of the House’s first impeachment of Donald Trump, Dan Goldman talks frequently with members of Congress. He does not share those conversations publicly,” a source close to Goldman previously told The Post.
A spokesperson for Pelosi said that she has yet to make any endorsements in the race and hasn’t discouraged anyone from running.
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