1/ Robert Mueller wants to interview Trump in the coming weeks about his decisions to fire Michael Flynn and James Comey. Trump’s legal team wants his testimony to be part face-to-face interview and part written statement. (Washington Post)

2/ Jeff Sessions was questioned by Mueller’s team last week as part of the investigation into Russia’s meddling in the election and whether Trump had obstructed justice since taking office. As attorney general, Sessions was involved in the firing of James Comey and it’s the first time that special counsel investigators have interviewed a member of Trump’s cabinet. Sessions was not under subpoena and was questioned for several hours. (New York Times / CNN)

3/ Mueller’s team reportedly interviewed Comey last year. The interview focused on a series of memos Comey wrote about his meetings with Trump, documenting what he perceived as improper efforts to influence an investigation. In one memo, Comey said that Trump had asked him to end the FBI’s investigation into Michael Flynn. (New York Times)

4/ The head of the FBI threatened to resign after Jeff Sessions pressured him to fire Deputy Director Andrew McCabe. Christopher Wray told Sessions that he would resign if McCabe was removed from his position. Sessions and White House Counsel Don McGahn agreed that the issue wasn’t worth losing the FBI director over. Trump and other Republicans have repeatedly attacked McCabe – a Comey appointee – for his role in the Clinton investigation. In December, the New York Times reported that McCabe “is expected to retire after he becomes eligible for his pension [in] early [2018]. (Axios)

  • Christopher Wray is replacing two senior positions previously held by people who served under James Comey. The moves come as Wray has faced pressure from Jeff Sessions to make personnel changes. (Washington Post)

5/ Jeff Sessions ordered an investigation into the missing text messages exchanged between two FBI staffers that referred to Trump as an “idiot” and a “loathsome human.” The texts between FBI agent Peter Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page are among a batch of messages that the FBI failed to properly archive because of a software update issue with Samsung 5 phones. (Reuters)

6/ Chuck Schumer retracted his offer to give Trump $1.6 billion in wall funding in exchange for a DACA deal. Trump turned down the deal last week, prompting a three-day government shutdown. One Democratic aide said Trump has now “missed an opportunity to get the wall.” A White House spokesman, meanwhile, said the Schumer offer “never existed.” (Politico)

7/ A Michigan man was arrested after allegedly threatening to shoot and kill CNN employees. The FBI launched an investigation after the man reportedly called CNN 22 times about a week ago and said, among other things, “Fake news. I’m coming to gun you all down.” (WGCL-TV / The Hill)

8/ Melania Trump will no longer accompany her husband at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Melania has not made a public statement since it was reported that President Trump paid $130,000 to a porn star a month before the 2016 election as part of an agreement to prevent her from publicly discussing an alleged affair. (CNN)

poll/ 39.5% of Michigan voters approve of Trump while 54% disapprove. In addition, a majority of those polled said they don’t believe Trump is qualified to be president. (The Detroit News)

poll/ In a series of hypothetical 2020 one-on-one matchups Trump trails Bernie Sanders by a 55% to 42% margin among registered voters. He trails Joe Biden 57% to 40%, as well as Oprah Winfrey 51% to 42%. (CNN)

poll/ 38% of Americans trust Trump to handle the authority to order nuclear attacks on other countries, while 60% do not. Among those who distrust Trump, almost 9 in 10 are very or somewhat concerned the president might launch an attack. (Washington Post / ABC News)


  1. A Republican U.S. senator from Mississippi was caught on a hot mic making comments about “beautiful” high-school-age girls. Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS) made the comments as the Senate prepared to pass the continuing resolution that would re-open the government. (Raw Story / CSPAN)

  2. Montana became the first state to pass its own net neutrality laws in the wake of the FCC’s decision to deregulate the communications industry. Montana Gov. Steve Bullock (D) signed an executive order on Monday that requires all internet service providers with state contracts to adhere to net neutrality standards. (New York Times)

  3. Floridians will decide in November to amend the state constitution and restore voting rights to felons once they complete their sentences. The move that could expand voting rights to more than 1.5 million people. (HuffPost)

  4. The Trump administration is waiving dozens of environmental regulations to speed up construction of Trump’s proposed wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. (The Hill)

  5. A 7.9 magnitude earthquake occurred roughly 167 miles off the coast of Kodiak, Alaska. (USGS)

  6. One person was killed and multiple others wounded after a shooting at a Kentucky high school. (WPSD 6)