Daniel Sachs Goldman is the attorney and director of investigations for the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, representing the Democrats, who are the majority party. He will have 45 minutes to question witnesses concerning President Donald Trump and his dealings with Ukraine at the outset of each hearing during the House’s impeachment inquiry.
During his decade working at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York in Manhattan, Goldman took on a number of high profile cases, including prosecuting a number of Genovese mobsters, including hitman Fotios “Freddy” Geas, who Goldman helped send to prison for life. However, Goldman, who’s married to second wife Corinne Levy Goldman, and has five children, left in 2017 to become a TV legal analyst.
Alongside fellow power attorney Daniel Noble, he’s been tasked to interrogate those who’ve been called to testify about Trump and his alleged quid quo pro with Ukraine concerning an investigation of former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, and withholding U.S. military aid while in office. The entire nation will be watching the following impeachment hearings, as they will be airing on every major cable news station. Steve Castor will similarly be questioning the witnesses for the Republican members of the House Intelligence Committee.
Here’s what you need to know about Daniel Goldman:
1. Goldman Is a Descendant of Levi Strauss
Goldman’s grandparents are Richard Goldman Rhoda Haas Goldman, whose mother was Elise Stern, an heiress to the Levi Strauss fortune. The couple’s son, Goldman’s father, Richard W. Goldman, was a federal prosecutor in Washington, but passed away when Goldman was still a boy.
Goldman attended the elite Sidwell Friends School in D.C., where his mother Susan Sachs served as chairwoman until 2000. It’s the same academy for which President Barack Obama’s daughters, Sasha and Malia attended, as well as Chelsea Clinton, former Vice President Joe Biden’s grandchildren, Richard Nixon’s daughter Tricia and Theodore Roosevelt’s son Archibald.
Afterward, Goldman earned his undergraduate degree at Yale University and his law degree from Stanford.
2. Goldman Was Previously Married to Wife Anne Montminy, a Former Olympian Diver From Canada
Goldman, who at the time was working as an Olympics researcher for NBC, first met his future wife while interviewing her at the 1999 World Cup diving finals in Wellington, New Zealand.
Announced in The New York Times, in 2002, Goldman wed Anne Katherine Montminy at Martha’s Vineyard. The ceremony was presided over by a rabbi at his mother Susan’s summer home in Chilmark, Massachusetts.
Montminy was a member of the Canadian diving team at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, where she won silver and bronze medals on the 10-meter platform. She later earned her law degree from the University of Montreal, and in 2002, received a Master of Laws degree in comparative jurisprudence from New York University.
It’s not clear when she divorced from Goldman but in 2004, Montminy was the vice president of Goldman Sachs, and purchased a $2.3 million townhome in Brooklyn.
Goldman re-married Corinne Levy on October 6, 2013, in New York, where they continue to reside with their kids.
3. His Brother, William ‘Bill’ Sachs Goldman, Died at Age 38 in a Plane Crash
Like Daniel, his brother William Sachs Goldman went Sidwell Friends and studied at Yale, where he earned a B.A. in History. He went on to earn his master’s and doctorate at UC Berkley, and teach at Stanford before becoming an assistant professor of international studies at the University of San Francisco.
Bill, who was married to Serra Falk Goldman, and had two children, George and Marie, was also a volunteer pilot with Angel Flight West, and flew 13 missions to help transport critically ill adults and children who needed medical attention.
On July 13, 2017, his single-engine Cirrus-SR22 plane crashed just after take-off in south Sonoma, California. While Goldman died at the scene, his two kids were hospitalized but survived the crash, as did their nanny, Valerie Anselmi.
4. Goldman Helped Win a Case Against Gambling Icon Billy Walters That Involved Golfer Phil Mickelson
One of Goldman’s most significant victories came in the trial against Billy Walters, one of the most successful sports gamblers in Las Vegas history. Walters was sentenced to five years in prison for making tens of millions on insider stock trades.
Walters was convicted on all 10 accounts, which included securities fraud, conspiracy, and wire fraud, and involved champion golfer Phil Mickelson, who the prosecution said made nearly $1 million after Walters advised him in 2012 to buy stock in Dean Foods. Mickelson, however, didn’t testify during the trial, and was not charged with wrongdoing.
Brooke Cucinella, a litigator at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, who was then working as an Assistant U.S. attorney said she requested Goldman to be on the trial team “because he has a bit of a swagger as a trial lawyer, and it’s a confidence that serves him well. In a courtroom, he’s incredibly effective.”
5. This Isn’t the First Time Goldman Has Worked With Fellow Power Attorney Daniel Noble
Back in March, House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff added prosecutor Daniel Noble to the team investigating President Donald Trump’s business dealings, including those involving foreign companies.
Noble left his position as co-chief of the complex frauds and cybercrime unit at the U.S. Attorney’s office in Manhattan, to join Schiff’s committee. He’s also worked alongside Goldman before to convict Mikhail Zemlyansky in 2015 of racketeering, insurance fraud and securities fraud. According to prosecutors, Zemlyansky ran a Russian-American criminal ring that perpetrated a $100 million no-fault auto scheme.