Who Is Steve Castor (GOP Impeachment Inquiry Attorney) Bio, Wiki, Age, Family, Career,
Steve Castor Biography
Steve Castor (Stephen R. Castor) is an American attorney and the Chief Investigative Counsel, U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. On Wednesday, November 13, 2019 he will handle questioning for GOP during impeachment hearings.
Steve Castor Education
Castor earned his bachelor’s at Pennsylvania State University and his MBA at Lehigh University before switching to law, graduating from George Washington University. Prior to joining the Oversight Committee staff in 2005, Castor spent four years practicing commercial litigation in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.
Steve Castor Career
Castor began his career as a commercial litigator in Philadelphia. In 2005 he joined the oversight staff and has since served under seven committee chairmen, including four Republicans.
He was deeply involved in investigations of the Obama Justice Department’s ill-fated gun trafficking initiative Operation Fast and Furious, the attack on a U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, and a probe during the first term of the Obama administration into whether the Internal Revenue Service was applying special scrutiny to certain political groups that were applying for nonprofit organization status.
Steve Castor Impeachment Inquiry
Castor is one of the attorney’s handling questioning for GOP during impeachment hearings. He was brought over from the House Oversight Committee by Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio. He is expected to handle the opening questioning for Republicans on the committee. He and ranking member Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., will have 45 minutes to question the witnesses.
He was also involved in questioning witnesses during the Benghazi investigation and the IRS targeting scandal. He also asked questions during the closed-door sessions at the beginning of the impeachment inquiry.
Jason Chaffetz, a former Republican congressman turned Fox News pundit told the Associated Press that Castor was suited for the hot seat as he has the ” institutional knowledge, experience and prowess”.
“He has the institutional knowledge, experience and prowess to be the guy in the hot seat. Most of the public hasn’t seen him but for a photo of him in the background whispering to the chairman or a ranking member. But behind the scenes, he’s been doing these types of inquiries for years.”
Kurt Bardella, a former spokesman for the Oversight Committee, described him as “one of the most talented people” he ever worked with on Capitol Hill.
“He is thorough, diligent and prepared. Internally, we would joke that he had kind of Elliot Ness style about him or the guy from Dragnet. He was just the facts. This isn’t a guy that seeks out the limelight, not a grandstander.”
Castor Allegedly named the anonymous whistleblower during depositions
It is reported that Castor directly asked Bill Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, who will be testifying during the open hearings, if he’s heard of or had communicated with the alleged whistleblower, and used his name. However, Taylor denied knowing him.