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Julián Castro: Trump should be impeached for trying to obstruct justice 'in very concrete ways'

Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro (D) on Monday became the latest Democratic presidential candidate to say he thinks Congress should take steps to impeach President TrumpDonald TrumpRomney blasts end of filibuster, expansion of SCOTUS McConnell, GOP slam Biden's executive order on SCOTUS US raises concerns about Iran's seriousness in nuclear talks MORE.

In a radio interview, Castro said that he thinks actions to impeach the president would be “perfectly reasonable” following the release of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump MORE's report.

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“What's clear from the Mueller Report is that Bob Mueller and his team left the decision about whether to move forward on this obstruction of justice issue with Congress,” Castro told SiriusXM host Michelangelo Signorile.

“So, what I said the other day is that I was asked, ‘Well, do you think that it, that they should move forward with an impeachment proceeding?’ And I think, yeah, that it would be perfectly reasonable for Congress to do that, that they should do that.”

Castro told Signorile that he thought the findings in Mueller’s redacted report indicate Trump “attempted in very concrete ways to obstruct justice.”

Mueller’s report makes no final determination on obstruction but says it cannot exonerate Trump for obstruction, listing 10 occasions the special counsel’s office investigated for potential obstruction.

Democratic presidential hopefuls have given varying answers on the question of impeachment, which would almost certainly be doomed in the Republican-controlled Senate even if it passed the Democratic-controlled House.

Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisPelosi planned on retiring until Trump won election: report How Kamala Harris can find the solution for the migration crisis White House unveils official portraits of Biden and Harris MORE (D-Calif.) said Congress should “take the steps toward impeachment” at a CNN town hall Monday evening, while Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenOn The Money: Biden .5T budget proposes major hike in social programs | GOP bashes border, policing provisions Overnight Defense: Biden proposes 3B defense budget | Criticism comes in from left and right | Pentagon moves toward new screening for extremists POW/MIA flag moved back atop White House MORE (D-Mass.) called on the House to begin impeachment proceedings last week.  

Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellMeghan McCain calls on Gaetz to resign Gaetz, on the ropes, finds few friends in GOP GOP leader says Gaetz would lose committee seat if charges true MORE (D-Calif.) on Tuesday said that the House is “on that road” in the wake of the Mueller report, while Miramar, Fla., Mayor Wayne MessamWayne Martin MessamKey moments in the 2020 Democratic presidential race so far Wayne Messam suspends Democratic presidential campaign 2020 primary debate guide: Everything you need to know ahead of the November forum MORE (D) also endorsed impeachment Monday. Castro has previously told CNN’s Anderson Cooper that “Bob Mueller in his report left [impeachment] in the hands of Congress.”

House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiThe growing threat of China's lawfare Pelosi planned on retiring until Trump won election: report Biden: 'Prince Philip gladly dedicated himself to the people of the UK' MORE (D-Calif.) and House Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerHouse to vote on DC statehood, gender pay gap Moderate Democrats warn leaders against meddling in Iowa race Democrats vow to go 'bold' — with or without GOP MORE (D-Md.), however, have both downplayed the possibility of impeachment proceedings.

“I believe that at the end of the day the decision they're going to have to make is, are you going to hold this president accountable for the fact that he tried on several occasions to obstruct justice?” Castro told Signorile.