WASHINGTON — Representative Joaquin Castro, Democrat of Texas, has made no secret of his want to see President Trump out of workplace: He has been one of the crucial vocal critics of the president’s immigration insurance policies and voted to question him the primary time.
Now Mr. Castro, a Harvard-educated lawyer who sits on the Intelligence Committee, will probably be part of the prosecution towards Mr. Trump as an impeachment supervisor within the Senate trial.
In his remarks on the House flooring on Wednesday earlier than the vote to question Mr. Trump, Mr. Castro described the assault on the Capitol after which requested his fellow lawmakers: “What do you think they would have done if they had gotten in? What do you think they would have done to you? And who do you think sent them here?”
He concluded that impeachment was the one choice.
“If inciting a deadly insurrection is not enough to get a president impeached, then what is?” Mr. Castro stated. “All of us must answer that question today.”
A San Antonio native and second-generation Mexican-American, Mr. Castro served within the Texas Legislature earlier than profitable a bid for a congressional seat in 2012. Named by his friends as president of the freshman congressional class in 2013, Mr. Castro quickly secured a spot on the Intelligence Committee and in management roles within the Hispanic Caucus.
As a member of the committee in 2019, Mr. Castro sat in on each the preliminary closed-door hearings throughout Mr. Trump’s first impeachment inquiry after which the general public questioning of witnesses earlier than the drafting of impeachment articles. He additionally serves on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
Mr. Castro, who led the Hispanic Caucus through the 116th Congress, has loudly opposed Mr. Trump’s immigration insurance policies, main quite a few delegations to the southwestern border and condemning what he has known as merciless and dehumanizing insurance policies.
Mr. Castro’s equivalent twin brother, Julián Castro, ran for the Democratic presidential nomination together with his assist in 2020. After Julián Castro dropped out, Mr. Castro endorsed Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts earlier than supporting Joseph R. Biden Jr.