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Julián Castro: It's time for House Democrats to 'do something' about Trump

Julián Castro: It's time for House Democrats to 'do something' about Trump
© Greg Nash

White House hopeful Julián Castro called on House Democrats to impeach President TrumpDonald TrumpSacha Baron Cohen calls out 'danger of lies, hate and conspiracies' in Golden Globes speech Sorkin uses Abbie Hoffman quote to condemn Capitol violence: Democracy is 'something you do' Ex-Trump aide Pierson planning run for Congress MORE after reports surfaced that he urged the Ukrainian president to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden offers support to union organizing efforts Senate Democrats nix 'Plan B' on minimum wage hike Kavanaugh dismays conservatives by dodging pro-Trump election lawsuits MORE, his chief political rival in the 2020 race. 

“You cannot sit by as the highest officeholder in the land flagrantly violates the law and violates every norm of a healthy democracy that we have, because it’s setting a terrible standard for people in the future. We can never normalize this,” Castro said on the campaign trail.

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“He needs to be impeached. I love these House Democrats—my brother is one of them, but it’s time for them to do something. It’s time for them to act,” he added, referring to his identical twin Rep. Joaquin CastroJoaquin CastroState Department establishes chief officer in charge of diversity Texas governor faces criticism over handling of winter storm fallout DC bureau chief for The Intercept: Impeachment managers became 'like the dog who caught the car' when permitted to call witnesses MORE (D-Texas). 

Democrats have fumed over media reports that emerged Friday revealing that Trump pressured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky during a July phone call to investigate Biden’s son.

Trump’s discussions with Zelensky have come under heightened scrutiny in recent days after news broke of a whistleblower report detailing a troubling “promise” the president made to a foreign leader. It was later reported that the whistleblower’s claims specifically centered around Ukraine. 

Republicans have pointed to Biden’s efforts in 2016 to get a prosecutor dismissed who was investigating a natural gas company owned by a Ukrainian oligarch, whose board members included his son, Hunter. No evidence has surfaced to suggest Biden acted to protect his son.