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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 SessionsTrump attacks Sessions: A 'total disaster' and 'an embarrassment to the great state of Alabama' Ocasio-Cortez fires back at Washington Times after story on her 'high-dollar hairdo' Trump's tirades, taunts and threats are damaging our democracy 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 MuellerFox News legal analyst says Trump call with Ukraine leader could be 'more serious' than what Mueller 'dragged up' Lewandowski says Mueller report was 'very clear' in proving 'there was no obstruction,' despite having 'never' read it Fox's Cavuto roasts Trump over criticism of network 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 TrumpDemocratic senator rips Trump's 'let them fight' remarks: 'Enough is enough' Warren warns Facebook may help reelect Trump 'and profit off of it' Trump touts Turkey cease-fire: 'Sometimes you have to let them fight' 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 ClintonFarrow: Clinton staff raised concerns over Weinstein reporting Perry says Trump directed him to discuss Ukraine with Giuliani: report The Memo: Once the front-runner, Biden now vulnerable 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 McCabeBrendan Gleeson lands Trump role in CBS miniseries based on Comey memoir Judge tells DOJ to charge McCabe or drop investigation McCabe says he would 'absolutely not' cut a deal with prosecutors 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 LevinRemembering leaders who put country above party Strange bedfellows oppose the filibuster Listen, learn and lead: Congressional newcomers should leave the extremist tactics at home 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 McConnellOvernight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Pence says Turkey agrees to ceasefire | Senators vow to move forward with Turkey sanctions | Mulvaney walks back comments tying Ukraine aid to 2016 probe On The Money: Senate fails to override Trump veto over border emergency | Trump resort to host G-7 next year | Senators to push Turkey sanctions despite ceasefire | McConnell tees up funding votes McConnell tees up government funding votes amid stalemate MORE (R-Ky.), Senate centrists, Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanAmash: Trump incorrect in claiming Congress didn't subpoena Obama officials Democrats hit Scalia over LGBTQ rights Three-way clash set to dominate Democratic debate MORE (R-Wis.) and 2020 Democratic contenders.
Losers: Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerTrump touts Turkey cease-fire: 'Sometimes you have to let them fight' Mattis responds to Trump criticism: 'I guess I'm the Meryl Streep of generals' Democrats vow to push for repeal of other Trump rules after loss on power plant rollback 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 RossCommerce Department to develop stats on income inequality Huawei posts double-digit gain in sales despite US sanctions Democrats inch closer to issuing subpoenas for Interior, EPA records 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 DingellEnergy efficiency cannot be a partisan issue for Washington Polling director: Young voters swayed by health care, economy, gun control McCain and Dingell: Inspiring a stronger Congress 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 PerdueFrom state agriculture departments to Congress: Our farmers need the USMCA Overnight Energy: Trump administration issues plan to reverse limits on logging in Tongass National Forest| Democrats inch closer to issuing subpoenas for Interior, EPA records| Trump's plan to boost ethanol miffs corn groups and the fossil fuel industry Trump administration issues plan to reverse limits on logging in Tongass National Forest 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