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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



Major Russia development -- How I imagine Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsDOJ should take action against China's Twitter propaganda Lewandowski says he's 'happy' to testify before House panel The Hill's Morning Report — Trump and the new Israel-'squad' controversy MORE looked when he turned on the news today: Via The New York Times's Michael S. Schmidt, investigators for special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerMueller report fades from political conversation Trump calls for probe of Obama book deal Democrats express private disappointment with Mueller testimony 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 Trump Former US ambassador: 'Denmark is not a big fan of Donald Trump and his politics' Senate Democrats push for arms control language in defense policy bill Detroit county sheriff endorses Booker for president 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."

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 ClintonThe Memo: Polls flash warning signs for Trump Polls suggest Sanders may be underestimated 10 declassified Russia collusion revelations that could rock Washington this fall MORE's email server.

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 McCabeThe Hill's Morning Report — Will Congress do anything on gun control? McCabe sues FBI, DOJ, blames Trump for his firing McCabe says it's 'absolutely' time to launch impeachment inquiry into Trump MORE. Wray reportedly told Sessions that he would resign if McCabe was removed from his post.


"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 Cheney

OP-ED: Former Sen. Carl LevinCarl Milton LevinListen, learn and lead: Congressional newcomers should leave the extremist tactics at home House Democrats poised to set a dangerous precedent with president’s tax returns The Hill's 12:30 Report — Sponsored by Delta Air Lines — White House to 'temporarily reinstate' Acosta's press pass after judge issues order | Graham to take over Judiciary panel | Hand recount for Florida Senate race MORE (D-Mich.) argues that Congress needs bipartisanship to fully investigate Russia's influence on the election.

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 and on Facebook.



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:

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..."



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 McConnellGOP group calls on Republican senators to stand up to McConnell on election security in new ads The Hill's Morning Report - Trump hews to NRA on guns and eyes lower taxes Hobbled NRA shows strength with Trump MORE (R-Ky.), Senate centrists, Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanPaul Ryan moving family to Washington Embattled Juul seeks allies in Washington Ex-Parkland students criticize Kellyanne Conway MORE (R-Wis.) and 2020 Democratic contenders.
Losers: Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerSaagar Enjeti: Biden's latest blunder; Krystal Ball: Did Schumer blow our chance to beat McConnell? Johnson eyes Irish border in Brexit negotiations Lewandowski on potential NH Senate run: If I run, 'I'm going to win' MORE (D-N.Y.), the left and Dreamers.
Mixed: President Trump

Reasons for each:

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.



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 RossHuawei grappling with 'live or die moment,' founder says Ex-counterintelligence official warns Trump administration not to be shortsighted on Huawei The Hill's Morning Report - Trump searches for backstops amid recession worries MORE has apparently fallen asleep in meetings. A former senior administration official told Axios that Ross is "good until about 11 a.m."

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.

^^SO IN John DingellJohn DingellMcCain and Dingell: Inspiring a stronger Congress Pelosi should take a page from Tip O'Neill's playbook Alaskan becomes longest serving Republican in House history MORE FASHION
Former Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.) retweeted the story, adding, "Somebody go wake him up."



Lol, this is painful:

Ok, this is cool:



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:

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 PerdueUSDA eases relocation timeline as researchers flee agency The Hill's Morning Report - How will Trump be received in Dayton and El Paso? USDA office move may have broken law, watchdog says MORE rolls out the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Bill." (h/t AP_planner)

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



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:

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:



Today is National Pie Day! -- not to be confused with National Pi Day in March. 

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:

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:

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: