Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX) said Congress has to be in a position to talk about the impeachment of President Donald Trump. Castro said in order to start the impeachment process it is important that Americans are convinced.
Castro said the only thing keep Trump from being indicted besides "wealth and privilege" is that he is president.
"It is remarking to read that Cohen sentencing memo and to realize, essentially, that the only thing keeping Donald Trump from being indicted and charged with a crime, beyond wealth and privilege, is that he occupies the office of the presidency and that he is in the White House and that if he didn't it's very likely he would be in court right now as well," he said.
Castro said no one runs for Congress "because they want to go impeach a president," calling it a sobering thought. The congressman also said it is not the case at all that Democrats have a "partisan grudge" and want to go after Trump.
"Are you in a position to consider discussing impeachment in Congress?" MSNBC anchor Ali Velshi asked the congressman.
"I think we have to be," Castro said Friday. "Nobody runs for the House of Representatives or the U.S. Senate because they want to go impeach a president. And I think that people are sobered by that thought. That is the most serious thing that you could undertake in American democracy."
"When the evidence becomes so clear that you very likely have a criminal sitting in the Oval Office what is the Congress left to do at that point?" Castro said.
"We do have to wait for Bob Mueller's report. There's got to be a fair and thorough process here. Also, the American people have to be convinced. It's important that they're also convinced. But I think you are seeing it more and more," he said.
"I'm sure that many conservatives, many Republicans would say that we've got a partisan grudge, that we want to go after the president. That's not the case at all. Folks are very reluctant to go down this path and are sobered by it. But at the same time, you can't ignore the evidence," Castro concluded.