Ahead of impeachment proceedings, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi listed Rep. Joaquin Castro (TX-D) in the team of House impeachment managers who would prosecute the case against President Trump in the Senate.
The impeachment measure charges the president with incitement of insurrection in connection to the riot at the Capitol last week. It follows the House passage of a resolution calling on Mike Pence to invoke the 25th amendment and remove Donald Trump yesterday. Pence’s refusal to invoke the amendment confirmed impeachment proceedings today.
Given the Democrat-controlled House, the measure is expected to easily pass with a majority vote. Five Republican representatives have also announced their intent to vote to impeach Trump: Liz Cheney (WY), Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA), John Katko (NY), Adam Kinzinger (IL) and Fred Upton (MI).
Among Texas Republicans, Trump has maintained a loyal following, including Freshman U.S. Rep. Ronny Jackson who took to Twitter to defend the president.
While the U.S. House needs a majority vote to impeach a president, actual removal from office would require a Senate trial and an eventual two-thirds vote of the chamber to convict the president. Trump’s impeachment thirteen months ago failed to pass the Senate.
Rep. Jamie Raskin will lead fellow impeachment managers Diana DeGette (CO-D), David Cicilline (RI-R), Joaquin Castro, Eric Swalwell (CA-D), Ted Lieu (CA-D), Stacey Plaskett (VI-D), Joe Neguse (CO-D) and Madeleine Dean (PA-D).
“For the first time in our nation’s history, the transfer of power has not been peaceful,” Castro said in a statement. “The president of the United States, in an unconscionable act of insurrection, incited a violent mob of his supporters to terrorize the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to overturn a free and fair election.”
“To protect the American people and as a consequence for these deadly actions, President Donald J. Trump must be removed from office immediately and prevented from ever occupying the presidency again.”