In the latest in a series of swift-moving developments following last week’s riot at the U.S. Capitol, Rep. Joaquin Castro was named one of nine impeachment managers by Speaker Nancy Pelosi as the House prepares to bring impeachment legislation to the floor on Wednesday.
All nine named by Pelosi are Democrats, and their role will be to “present the case for the president’s impeachment and removal.” The group is led by Rep. Jamie Raskin, of Maine.
Last week’s riot at the U.S. Capitol resulted in five people killed, hundreds of arrests, social media companies banning President Donald Trump, and a push from Democratic lawmakers for Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment.
Castro, who practiced law in the Alamo City before entering politics, reacted to his selection by tweeting:
For the first time in our nation’s history, the transfer of power has not been peaceful.
The responsibility to serve as an impeachment manager is a solemn duty — one that arises from my oath to protect the Constitution and safeguard our democracy for future generations. pic.twitter.com/ef5K2Mu8Us
— Joaquin Castro (@JoaquinCastrotx) January 13, 2021