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Trump House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has named nine House members to present the case for impeachment to the Senate. When former President Trump's trial starts in two weeks. Texas Congressman Joaquin Castro is one of them and he joins us now. Good morning. Good morning. Great to be with you. So the article you're presenting makes specific reference right to Trump's January 6 speech that preceded the sacking of the capital. On but also talks about Trump's discussion with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Rapids Burger to change that states results. What is not mentioned is anything like this weekend's New York Times reporting that alleges Trump tried to get the Department of Justice to push the lie about election fraud or the Wall Street Journal story about him trying to get the Supreme Court to intervene. S O Well, the case you'll be presenting be too narrow. No. I think what you see is that for months and then very intensely for weeks, Donald Trump tried to overturn the results of the election. He tried to pressure Elected officials and in the last few weeks Of his term. He was calling on his supporters telling them that the election has been stolen from him and from them And as you could imagine, these are people that strongly support former President Trump and the idea that election was stolen from them. Obviously excited, very Harsh feelings and the morning of January 6. He asked those folks who were so amped up to march down to the Capitol, and you see, the final result was that there's a deadly insurrection. Five American lives were lost, even if all of that was going on President Trump knowing that there was an insurrection right at the Capitol, refused to take action for a long time that day. And so we're going to present all the evidence we're trying to get. We're trying to convince 100 senators, Republicans and Democrats that they should hold Donald Trump accountable and convict him in the Senate. Well, let me ask you this. What do you make of statements from some GOP senators that the chances of a conviction are slim to none? Do you have a sense of where things stand? Yeah, I would hope that. First of all, they keep their powder dry that they listen to all the evidence on Dwight for the case to be presented, but most of all of the end of the day. What we need is for people to put country over person. In other words, over Donald Trump and also country over party Republican or Democrats. I'm gonna quote Senator John Cornyn of Texas who tweeted yesterday If it is a good idea to impeach and try former presidents what about former Democratic presidents when Republicans get the majority in 2022? I think about it and let's do what's best for the country That is his coal for putting the country ahead of partisanship. What is your response to that? Well, you have one of my colleagues. I think being, Phillips responded to Senator Cornyn, any president, Republican or Democrat who incites an insurrection, toe overturning election. Should be impeached and should be convicted. After the assault on the Capitol. There was some Republican remorse, some limited condemnation of former president Trump, but it does feel like that is dissipating. Are you concerned? The pause between the House vote on the Senate trial is making your job harder. We're just focused on getting her case together as you could imagine their nine impeachment managers and dividing up the responsibilities and I also believe that is the days go on. More and more evidence comes out about the president's involvement. In the incitement of this insurrection, the incitement of this riot and also his dereliction of duty once it was going on, eh, So I'm confident that we've got a strong case. And that we can convince those senators But is it convincing the senators or is it actually convincing the people that the senators represent because we have not seen any movement from the Republican base on these issues? They do not buy n large feel that President Trump should be impeached. Well, you're right. I mean, ultimately, it's the senator's a get a vote. But you also want to win over the American people on make the case to them, and you know they they will also find it compelling. And believe that the president should be held responsible. Oh, well. Having the trialing hang in the air for two more weeks make some of President Biden's priorities. Pandemic relief. Immigration reform harder to advance. I mean, ultimately, impeachments are divisive affairs.