On Monday evening, Rep. Joaquin Castro (TX-D) joined eight of his House colleagues in delivering the Senate with Donald Trump’s impeachment article.
Earlier this month, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (CA-D) named Castro as one of nine impeachment managers picked to seek Trump’s conviction for the deadly insurrection at the Capitol. Alongside Castro are Democratic Reps. Jamie Raskin (MD), Diana DeGette (CO), David Cicilline (RI), Eric Swalwell (IA), Ted Lieu (CA), Stacey Plaskett (NY), Madeleine Dean (PA), and Joe Neguse (CO). Pelosi has sought to ensure representation for her caucus’ various constituencies.
Pelosi’s choice represents the second time a Texas Democrat has helped prosecute a case against now-former President Donald Trump. Rep. Sylvia Garcia was on the House team for Trump’s first impeachment.
This impeachment trial will begin in the Senate during the week of Feb. 8. Last night on Twitter, Castro reaffirmed his conviction that the President “must be tried, convicted and held accountable.”
Castro and his fellow impeachment managers face the uphill battle to secure the 67 votes needed in the Senate to convict Trump. The chamber, which acquitted Trump in his first impeachment trial, is currently split 50-50.
Earlier this month, Castro joined fellow Democratic Texas politicians in calling for Sen. Ted Cruz (TX-R) to resign following the violent riot that occurred at the Capitol on Wednesday. Having decided against seeking the Democratic nomination to challenge Sen. John Cornyn in 2020, there is speculation that the fast-rising San Antonio Democrat may pursue a seat in future Senate elections.