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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Sessions interviewed for Mueller probe | DOJ launches investigation into missing FBI texts | Shutdown winners and losers | Trump mocks CNN's 'Crazy Jim Acosta' | Latest on Kentucky high school shooting | DC Restaurant Week

 

TALK OF THE MORNING

Major Russia development -- How I imagine Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsLaura Bush blasts Trump migrant policy as 'cruel' and 'immoral' Merkley leads Dem lawmakers to border amid migrant policy outcry DHS secretary defends Trump administration's migrant policies MORE looked when he turned on the news today: Via The New York Times's Michael S. Schmidt, investigators for special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE's probe interviewed Attorney General Jeff Sessions last week. Why this is big: This is the first known Mueller interview with a member of President TrumpDonald John TrumpEx-ethics chief calls on Trump to end 'monstrous' migrant policies Laura Bush blasts Trump migrant policy as 'cruel' and 'immoral' US denies report of coalition airstrike on Syria MORE's Cabinet. Keep in mind: Last March, Sessions recused himself from 2016 election matters. Why: His move came "after it was revealed that Mr. Sessions had not told Congress that he met twice with the Russian ambassador to the United States at the time, Sergey I. Kislyak, during the campaign." http://nyti.ms/2DuDnMT

LAST NIGHT -- JUST GET A TEENAGE GIRL INVOLVED. YOU'LL FIND THOSE MISSING TEXTS IN NO TIME: Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced last night that the Justice Department will investigate missing text messages sent between two FBI agents critical of President TrumpIs this surprising? Not really. Many Republican lawmakers have been eager to recover the exchange. Why the GOP have been focused on this conversation: They believe it is evidence of FBI bias against Trump in the Russian investigation and probe into former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThere are many unanswered questions about FBI culture FBI agent who sent anti-Trump texts offers to testify on Capitol Hill Giuliani wants 'full and complete' investigation into Russia probe's origins MORE's email server. http://bit.ly/2DAzdHr

ANOTHER DEVELOPMENT -- IT'S A NO FROM ME: Via Axios's Jonathan Swan, FBI Director Christopher Wray threatened to resign after Attorney General Jeff Sessions pressured him to remove Deputy Director Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeGowdy: House will use 'full arsenal' of constitutional weapons to get DOJ, FBI compliance on subpoenas James Comey's higher disloyalty to America IG report doesn’t fault Comey for ‘partisanship,’ but it should have for his incompetence MORE. Wray reportedly told Sessions that he would resign if McCabe was removed from his post. http://bit.ly/2rw4GVz

SO FOR SOME CONTEXT -- TIMELINE: 

"1/17: Jeff Sessions interviews with Mueller. 
1/18: House intel committee votes to share classified FISA memo with full House. 
1/20: Sen. Johnson writes letter about 5 months of missing texts btw FBI officials.
1/22: Sessions vows to investigate missing texts.
1/23: Trump tweets about missing texts." 
(Via Politico's Kyle Cheneyhttp://bit.ly/2rxSEL7

OP-ED: Former Sen. Carl LevinCarl Milton LevinHow House Republicans scrambled the Russia probe Congress dangerously wields its oversight power in Russia probe The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by CVS Health — Trump’s love-hate relationship with the Senate MORE (D-Mich.) argues that Congress needs bipartisanship to fully investigate Russia's influence on the election. http://bit.ly/2E2aJ6M

It's Tuesday -- Washington sure has calmed down since the government reopened. I'm Cate Martel with a quick recap of the morning and what's coming up. Send comments, story ideas and events for our radar to cmartel@thehill.com@CateMartel and on Facebook.

 

BREAKING

Kentucky high school shooting: One person is dead and multiple other people have been shot at Marshall County High School in Benton, Ky. A suspect is in custody. From student Greg Rodgers: "The suspect opened fire as students were heading to classes." What we know: http://nbcnews.to/2n4BRdn

About Benton: "Benton is a city of about 4,300 in western Kentucky, about 120 miles northwest of Nashville, Tennessee."

GOV. MATT BEVIN TWEETED: "Tragic shooting at Marshall County HS...Shooter is in custody, one confirmed fatality, multiple others wounded...Much yet unknown...Please do not speculate or spread hearsay...Let's let the first responders do their job and be grateful that they are there to do it for us..." http://bit.ly/2n3w7jS

 

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN WRAP UP

You gotcha winnahs. And you gotcha losahs: Via The Hill's Niall Stanage, as the government prepares to reopen, here are the winners and losers of the first big congressional controversy of 2018:

Winners: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellCongress had a good couple of weeks — now let's keep it going McCarthy: 'The Mueller investigation has got to stop' McConnell: Mueller 'ought to wrap it up' MORE (R-Ky.), Senate centrists, Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanWhite House faces growing outcry over migrant family policies John Legend slams Paul Ryan for Father's Day tweet, demands end to family separation Trump faces Father’s Day pleas to end separations of migrant families MORE (R-Wis.) and 2020 Democratic contenders.
Losers: Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerTrump knocks Schumer, touts North Korea summit in early morning tweet Overnight Health Care — Sponsored by PCMA — Dems want answers on DOJ ObamaCare decision The Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump, Kim make history with summit MORE (D-N.Y.), the left and Dreamers.
Mixed: President Trump

Reasons for each: http://bit.ly/2E1Qia4

On the receiving end of the inevitable Trump shutdown tweet: Drum roll please -- CNN's Jim Acosta! President Trump mocked "Crazy Jim Acosta," saying even the correspondent from "Fake News CNN" agrees that Democrats "gambled and lost" over the government shutdown. "Thank you for your honesty Jim!" Trump tweeted, while apparently misquoting Acosta's report on the fallout from the shutdown. http://bit.ly/2Dwns0A

 

IN OTHER NEWS

Wait, so are you saying that falling asleep in work meetings is frowned upon...?:

President Trump has reportedly harshly criticized Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross during a series of Oval Office meetings and has humiliated him in front of his colleagues. Oh and!: Wilbur RossWilbur Louis RossOn The Money: Trump imposes B in tariffs on China | China blasts 'fickle' Trump, promises payback | Trump to name consumer bureau director next week Trump poised to slap tariffs on billion in Chinese imports Bipartisan group of lawmakers urge US, Canada to work on lumber deal MORE has apparently fallen asleep in meetings. A former senior administration official told Axios that Ross is "good until about 11 a.m." http://bit.ly/2n5tKhv

THIS A.M. -- WILBUR? WILBUR ROSS?: Via The Washington Post's Danielle Paquette, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross was a no-show at his panel this morning during the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. http://bit.ly/2rsD4QW

^^SO IN John DingellJohn DingellFormer Dem Rep. Dingell hits Ty Cobb over White House exit Overnight Health Care: Rep. Debbie Dingell on the pain and tragedy of the opioids crisis | DEA moves to curb opioid oversupply | Dem says Trump pick opposes VA privatization Debbie Dingell has seen opioids tragedy and pain up close MORE FASHION
Former Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.) retweeted the story, adding, "Somebody go wake him up." http://bit.ly/2DuPF7Q

 

NOTABLE TWEETS:

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ON TAP:

The Senate is in. The House is out for the week. President Trump is in Washington, D.C., and Vice President Pence is en route to D.C. from Israel.

Today–Friday: The World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. President Trump is scheduled to attend later in the week. Details and agenda: http://bit.ly/2n5u3sn

1:30 p.m. EST: President Trump signs Section 201 actions raising tariffs on imported solar panels.

12:45 a.m. EST Wednesday: Vice President Pence arrives in Washington, D.C.

Wednesday: "Secretary of Agriculture Sonny PerdueGeorge (Sonny) Ervin PerdueThe Hill's Morning Report — Trump: `A very great moment in the history of the world’ Trump signs order to boost efficiency in federal agencies PETA sues USDA over roadside zoo licensing MORE rolls out the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Bill." (h/t AP_planner) http://bit.ly/2Dto5aY

A week from today: President Trump's State of the Union address. 

 

WHAT TO WATCH:

This morning: The Washington Post held an event on the media's role in modern democracies. Speakers included: Fox News' Bret Baier, The Poynter Institute's Indira Lakshmanan, The Knight Foundation's Jennifer Preston, Gallup's Frank Newport, the Center for Democracy and Technology's Nuala O'Connor, New York University's Jay Rosen and PBS's Judy WoodruffLivestream: http://wapo.st/2G8QvZH

3:30 p.m. EST: White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders gives a press briefing.

Friday: Former Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush speaks at an American Enterprise Institute event about the future of school choice. Livestream: http://bit.ly/2BlpfDI

 

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...:

Today is National Pie Day! -- not to be confused with National Pi Day in March. http://bit.ly/2ryMtGD 

USA USA USA -- what a brilliant development: Via NBC Sports, the U.S. Olympic team will wear heated uniforms for the Opening Ceremony in Pyeongchang. I. Want. One. Photos: http://bit.ly/2DFvVSt

Happy Restaurant Week!!: This week is Washington, D.C.'s Restaurant Week. That means many restaurants are offering 3-course brunch ($22), lunch ($22) and dinner ($35). List of restaurants: http://bit.ly/2kj6egC

And because you made it this far, here's a kid dressed in a dog costume who's having a really bad day, but still insists on performing in the school play: http://bit.ly/2n3kdXi