For those wondering what the next steps are in the impeachment process, this New York Times article:
Why Remove Trump Now? A Guide to Trump's Impeachment, discusses the various possible courses of action. To briefly summarize:
The Senate trial does not start until Nancy Pelosi submits the House impeachments charge to the Senate. There is no specified timetable that she needs to follow.
However, once she submits the impeachment charge to the Senate, it must immediately take up the issue. "Under rules in place for decades, impeachment is the only issue the Senate can consider while a trial is underway; it cannot simultaneously consider other legislative business."
Biden has asked McConnell whether it would be possible to alter that rule, allowing the Senate to "conduct the impeachment trial on a parallel track to consideration of his cabinet nominees, splitting its days between the two. McConnell will consult with the Senate parliamentarian on whether that would be possible.
"If such a bifurcated process were not possible, House Democrats might choose to hold back the article to allow Mr. Biden time to win confirmation of his team before a trial got underway."
"Conviction in an impeachment trial would not automatically disqualify Mr. Trump from future public office. But if the Senate were to convict him, the Constitution allows a subsequent vote to bar an official from holding “any office of honor, trust or profit under the United States.”"
"That vote would require only a simple majority of senators. Such a step could be an appealing prospect not just to Democrats, but also to many Republicans who either have set their sights on the presidency themselves or are convinced that it is the only thing that will purge Mr. Trump from their party."
What seems to be unclear in some of the media reports is whether Congress can still bar him from office under the 14th Amendment, Section 3 Clause if he is not convicted. Some of the media pundits seem to think that they can. Some confusion in the reporting...needs more clarity.