FACT Calls for U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro to Recuse Himself from Russia Probe
Updated: Mar 19, 2019
FACT sent a letter today to the office of U.S. Representative Joaquin Castro (D-TX 20th District) asking that he recuse himself from the ongoing U.S. House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Russian Active Measures investigation. This call comes after recent, troubling public comments Congressman Castro made that seemed to indicate a predetermined outcome of the investigation.
In a television appearance on CNN’s “Situation Room” on April 4, 2017, when commenting on the ongoing U.S. House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Russian Active Measures investigation, Representative Castro stated, “I wouldn't be surprised, after all of this is said and done, that some people end up in jail” and "my impression is that people will probably be charged, and I think that people will probably go to jail."
When asked to elaborate on this statement, Representative Castro replied, “I wish I could, but I can’t at this time." It is unclear from this response whether his inability to elaborate was based on a lack of evidence or, alternatively, on information obtained solely through his position on the Committee. Either way, Representative Castro's comments reveal his partiality and severely undermines the investigative process.
"Congressman Castro's highly charged, partisan remarks were irresponsible and a clear indication that he can no longer look into the Russia situation with any degree of partiality," said Matthew Whitaker, Executive Director, and Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust. "If Representative Castro and his colleagues are going to throw stones from a glass house when it comes to Member recusal, then for the integrity of our system of government and justice, he should do the right thing and step aside immediately."
Last week, Representative Devin Nunes set an example for other Committee members by recusing himself in light of claims about a perceived lack of neutrality. FACT believes the American public should expect the same level of professionalism and respect for the impartiality of the Congressional investigative process from Representative Castro.