But several senators will likely want to first huddle together to discuss next steps — either behind closed doors, or they could vote to do so in an open setting — and use the opportunity to share how they came to their decision.
After “jury deliberations,” as several senators described it, McConnell will likely introduce a motion to move to closing arguments from House managers and Trump’s defense team. It’s unclear how long they will be given to do so.
But some Democrats are weighing the possibility of offering amendments to the motion, forcing senators to go on the record with their votes and further delaying the impeachment process.
Once the potential amendment process is over, they will vote on whether to acquit Trump or remove him from office.