Julian Castro, the former San Antonio mayor and President Barack Obama’s top housing official, told CNN on May 24 that the House Republican-led investigation into emails sent by former secretary of state and 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is a “witch hunt” and a “sideshow” from more pressing issues in the country.
“Do you believe that she has answered that question appropriately and fully?” host Jim Acosta asked Castro on the "State of the Union" show.
“Oh, absolutely,” he replied. “What you have here with these emails is basically a witch hunt. And you know, Congressman (Trey) Gowdy, who is leading this, is very intentionally trying to manipulate this witch hunt to play politics. That's unfortunate. And it's one of the reasons that Congress has a 19 percent approval rating.”
Castro’s comments come just two days after hundreds of Clinton’s emails from her time as secretary of state were released by the State Department, and not long after a committee investigating the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, pushed for even more emails to be released.
Castro has recently been rumored to be considered as a potential vice president for Clinton if she secures the Democratic nomination for president in 2016. Despite the buzz, Castro dismissed the speculation during his CNN interview.
“If I had a dime for every amount of speculation that happens in D.C., you know, I think all of us would be wealthy,” he said. “Who wouldn't be flattered by that.”
“The best thing to do in life is do a great job at what's in front of you,” he added.
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