Indications are that President Trump will not be convicted by the U.S. Senate, although the articles of impeachment were passed by the House.
Something I heard yesterday is that one could claim he was only charged, but not impeached.
Possible outcomes I see:
- The President has been impeached, because the House voted and said so.
- The President has been charged, but not impeached because the Senate did not find him guilty.
- In some unexpected way, the Senate does choose to convict him, so there is no question he is impeached.
I heard yesterday to expect to start hearing supporters of the President claiming outcome #2, but my understanding of the impeachment process is that it is not exactly analogous to a criminal trial in this way.
In a criminal trial, for example, a person can be charged with a felony but if not convicted there is no "tried for felony crimes" label applied. Of course, that person could be found "innocent" or "not guilty" with distinct connotations, or another outcome of a criminal trial might be a mistrial.
Assuming the Senate chooses not to find the President guilty, can it legitimately be said he was not impeached?