While pro-impeachment Democrats are trying to rally their peers to the cause, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is fretting that the American public doesn’t realize that impeachment does not guarantee President Donald Trump’s ouster from office.
According to the Daily Beast, some members of her caucus are trying to build up a significant enough mass of support that she’ll have to come to team impeachment or risk being out of step with the party.
Pelosi’s holiday in her home state, meanwhile, did little to assuage her fears about the merits of beginning the process. Per the Beast, Pelosi found that even well educated people did not understand that impeachment does not guarantee Trump’s removal from the presidency.
The House can vote to bring articles of impeachment, but the Senate (currently Republican-led) must ultimately vote by a two-thirds majority to convict the President of the charges and remove him from office. That has never happened in American history.