The image was meant to be an insult — “Nervous Nancy’s unhinged meltdown!” Trump wrote as a caption. But instead, it ended up as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Twitter cover photo. The image is striking: Pelosi (D-Calif.), in electric blue, the only woman visible at the table, standing across from a homogeneous row of men and pointing her finger at the president.
Trump tweeted the comment and photo after Pelosi walked out on a White House meeting regarding Trump’s decision to pull troops out of northern Syria, leaving Kurdish fighters previously allied with the U.S. vulnerable to a Turkish offensive. House lawmakers voted 354-60-4 to denounce Trump’s decision in a bipartisan resolution on Wednesday. (via President Trump's Twitter)
Impeached but not Convicted?
I’m getting get so many DMs from you asking – how can a President be impeached but not leave office? If you watch my stories you’ve heard the answer but the questions keep coming so….. Impeached but Not Convicted:
Both Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton were impeached by the House but not convicted by the Senate. How is that possible? Impeached does not mean removed from office. It simply means that a majority of the House of Representatives believes that the President committed “high crimes and misdemeanors” and it’s worth a trial in the Senate. It’s similar to being “charged” by the police. A suspect can be charged with robbery but acquitted in a trial. Same here.
The process: The House has already launched its impeachment proceedings. If leaders decide to draw up Articles of Impeachment (highly likely) the House will vote. If a simple majority of the House approves the Articles (218 yes votes) the impeachment moves to the Senate. The Senate holds a trial. The Chief Justice presides, leaders of the House impeachment inquiry present evidence; the President’s lawyers respond. It’s a spectacle. We’ll all be glued to the TV. At the conclusion of the trial, the Senate votes. 2/3 of the Senate must vote yes to “convict” and remove the President from office. If the vote falls short of 2/3 the President remains in office. In that case the President is impeached but not convicted. He remains president. He does not lose any of the powers of the presidency.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has made clear that if the House impeaches he will follow tradition and the Constitution and launch a trial. He’s indicated he could make it short.
The numbers: To remove President Trump from office 20 Republican Senators have to vote to “yes” to convict. Right now that seems unlikely. In our chaotic political environment it’s possible that votes could change. These day surprises seem to be only predictable aspect of our politics.