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 John TrumpWayfair refutes QAnon-like conspiracy theory that it's trafficking children Stone rails against US justice system in first TV interview since Trump commuted his sentence Federal appeals court rules Trump admin can't withhold federal grants from California sanctuary cities 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) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout 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 Devi HarrisHillicon Valley: Facebook considers political ad ban | Senators raise concerns over civil rights audit | Amazon reverses on telling workers to delete TikTok Senators raise concerns over Facebook's civil rights audit Biden's marijuana plan is out of step with public opinion MORE (D-Calif.) said Congress should “take the steps toward impeachment” at a CNN town hall Monday evening, while Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenIn politics, as in baseball, it ain't over till it's over Trump defends Roger Stone move: He was target of 'Witch Hunt' Democrats blast Trump for commuting Roger Stone: 'The most corrupt president in history' MORE (D-Mass.) called on the House to begin impeachment proceedings last week.  

Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellThe Hill's Coronavirus Report: Chris Christie says Trump team wasn't aggressive enough early in COVID-19 crisis; Tensions between White House, Fauci boil over Trump administration moves to formally withdraw US from WHO Swalwell: Trump 'makes us look like geniuses every day for impeaching him' 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 Pelosi70 progressive groups call for next Foreign Affairs chair to reflect 'progressive realism' House to vote next week on ridding Capitol of Confederate statues Eye on gavel, Wasserman Schultz proposes panel on racial inequality in spending MORE (D-Calif.) and House Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton Hoyer70 progressive groups call for next Foreign Affairs chair to reflect 'progressive realism' House to vote next week on ridding Capitol of Confederate statues Overnight Defense: US formally rejects Beijing's South China Sea claims | House set to consider defense policy bill next week | 57 injured as firefighters battle warship blaze 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.