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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

28 days after the House voted to impeach President Trump, two articles and seven House managers will officially move over to the Senate for the third impeachment trial in U.S. history.

Why it matters: Barring a last-minute mutiny, Trump will be acquitted — but new information that the trial brings to light could prove politically damaging, both for the president and the Republican senators who have sought to protect him.

Driving the news: Under the resolution passed today, impeachment managers have "broad authority to submit to the Senate any additional evidence the House may acquire on its own," according to Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.)

  • That authority was teased last night with the release of a tranche of records from Lev Parnas, including a letter from Rudy Giuliani requesting a meeting with Ukraine's president "as personal counsel to President Trump and with his knowledge and consent."
  • House Democrats are also continuing to litigate a subpoena for former White House counsel Don McGahn, whose testimony they believe could bolster allegations of a pattern of obstructive conduct by Trump.
  • Outside the halls of Congress, investigative reporting and freedom of information of requests by independent watchdogs continue to yield new records and connect missing dots in the Trump-Ukraine affair.

The other side: A senior administration official told reporters on a call today that the White House doesn't believe the Senate needs to hear from any new witnesses, arguing that it would simply show that House Democrats didn't come "ready to present their case."

  • The official predicted that the trial would take roughly two weeks and culminate in an acquittal by Feb. 4, when Trump is due to give his State of the Union address.

Go deeper: Pelosi taps Schiff and Nadler among 7 House impeachment managers

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Biden speaks with Macron for first time since diplomatic crisis

President Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron have a conversation ahead of the NATO summit in Brussels, on June 14, 2021. Photo: Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

President Biden on Wednesday spoke with French President Emmanuel Macron for the first time since a diplomatic row erupted over a scrapped submarine order, per the White House.

Driving the news: Macron said that the French ambassador will return to Washington next week and will resume working with senior U.S. officials.

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Scoop: U.S. and Israel held secret talks on Iran "plan B"

Bennett and Biden. Photo: Sarahbeth Maney/Pool/Getty Images

The U.S. and Israel held secret talks on Iran last week to discuss a possible “plan B” if nuclear talks are not resumed, two senior Israeli officials tell me.

Why it matters: This is the first time a top-secret U.S.-Israel strategic working group on Iran has convened since the new Israeli government took office in June.

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Scoop: Jake Sullivan plans to visit Saudi Arabia, Egypt and UAE next week

Sullivan. Photo: Yasin Ozturk/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

White House National Security adviser Jake Sullivan is planning to travel to the Middle East next week, including a stop in Saudi Arabia. He would be the most senior Biden administration official to visit the kingdom.

Why it matters: Sullivan's first trip to the region since taking office is expected to include stops in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt, sources briefed on the plans tell Axios. All three countries are longtime U.S. partners who have faced some early tensions with Biden.