April 04, 2023

Statement from Congressman Castro on the Arraignment of Donald Trump

SAN ANTONIO – Today, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) released the following statement after former President Donald Trump was arraigned on felony charges related to business fraud:

“For decades, Donald Trump has flouted the law to serve his own interests and ambitions. Before he became president, he and his companies were forced to pay millions of dollars in fines and settlements for discrimination, illegal lobbying, defamation, and more. As president, he used his position as leader of the free world to extort the government of Ukraine and incite an attack on the U.S. Capitol that left nearly a dozen dead and hundreds injured.

“This moment is important for many reasons. The foundational principle of the American justice system holds that no one is above the law. Prosecutors are duty-bound to investigate the facts, and the justice system is responsible for ensuring that all defendants receive a fair trial. Last week, after examining evidence in this case, a grand jury decided to indict Trump for committing 34 felonies.

“While the arraignment of a former president is unprecedented, the Manhattan District Attorney has shown great courage in holding Donald Trump accountable. To allow a president to break the law with impunity would set a dangerous precedent for American democracy, encouraging future presidents to do the same. May justice be served.”

Castro, a lawyer, served as an impeachment manager during the second impeachment trial of former President Trump.