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The Morning Briefing: Secret Society Update, Schumer Rescinds Wall 'Offer' and Much, Much More

President Donald Trump, joined by U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, speaks to media after signing Section 201 actions in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018. Trump says he is imposing new tariffs to "protect American jobs and American workers." Trump acted to impose new tariffs on imported solar-energy components and large washing machines in a bid to help U.S. manufacturers. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Good Tuesday morning.

Here is what’s on the president’s agenda today:

  • In the morning, the president hosts a credentialing ceremony for newly appointed Ambassadors to Washington, D.C.
  • The president will have lunch with Mike Pence
  • Later in the afternoon the president will participate in a working group with mayors
  • In the early evening, the president will depart for Switzerland

Mueller wants to interview Trump on Comey, Flynn firings: is he looking for obstruction charges?

I think that’s obvious.

Special counsel Robert Mueller wants to question President Trump about the firings of FBI Director James Comey and national security adviser Michael Flynn, it was reported Tuesday.

The president’s lawyers have been putting together terms for Trump’s appearance and are expected to present them to Mueller’s team as early as next week, The Washington Post reported.

Don’t do it.

Related: Trump denies reports Wray threatened to resign if McCabe was fired

FBI Director Wray replaces 2 top aides

Mueller’s team interviewed Comey about his Trump memos

Tensions swell between Sessions and FBI over senior personnel from Comey era

FISA memo smearing kicks into high gear

The Democrats do not want the public to see the House Intelligence memo outlining FISA abuse by federal law enforcement. Since they have no control over that, they are trying to smear, discredit and undermine it before it sees the light of day. DiFi and leaker Rep. Adam Schiff are doing their part in the smear:

Rep. Jerrold Nadler also chimed in for the chorus.

Related: Trump inclined to allow Nunes memo to be released

The text messages

Rep. Mark Meadows breaks down the Strzok/Page timeline for you. Read the whole thread. Meadows explains that within 48 hours of texting his mistress Lisa Page about pressure to end the Clinton investigation because Trump would be the GOP nominee for president, Strzok changed the wording on Comey’s Clinton letter from one of a criminal nature to one that is not. A very suspicious whitewash.

The latest batch of Strzok/Page emails shows Strzok dubious of a “there there” in the Mueller “investigation.”

The latest disgrace from the FBI: secret society edition

Yesterday we learned that there is an informant singing to the Senate about off-site secret meetings with federal agency employees. Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) told Bret Baier on FNC about this informant.

What were they talking about at the meeting? Very shifty.

Fall-out from Democrats’ shutdown fold continues

Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer is desperate to get back in the good graces of the extremist wing of the party after the Democrats voted to fund (temporarily) the government so it could re-open. Politico writes about the continuing Democrat “backbiting.” On Tuesday, Schumer announced he was rescinding his alleged offer to fund part of President Trump’s wall.

During a meeting at the White House on Friday, hours before the government shut down, Schumer offered Trump partial funding for his long-promised wall along the US-Mexico border in exchange for protections for the nearly 700,000 unauthorized immigrants shielded from deportation under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, set to expire on March 5.

“We’re going to have to start on a new basis, and the wall offer is off the table,” Schumer said at a press conference.

It’s not in the Democrats’ interest to fix the DACA issue. They will have nothing to campaign on in the 2018 elections if Trump signs a law that resolves the DACA situation. They will have nothing to gin up the base with and talk about how Trump’s a racist. Expect to see the goalposts changing on what the Democrats want for immigration, which will not just be “protection.” The polling numbers on immigration do not bode well for running on an extremist platform in 2018. It remains to be seen if the Dems will get the message. ,

Trump weighs in:

In related news: the DACA lobby showed up at Schumer’s house.

Historical picture of the day:

Steven Jobs, chairman of the board of Apple Computer, leans on the new “Macintosh” personal computer following a shareholder’s meeting Jan. 24, 1984 in Cupertino, Ca. The Macintosh, priced at $2,495, is challenging IBM in the personal computer market. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

Other morsels:

Kentucky school shooting kills 2, wounds 13, teen arrested

Advocates Push Government For Pet Food Stamps

Ex-Clinton Foundation head Donna Shalala may be eyeing House seat: report

Hollywood Tells Al Gore To Take A Hike As ‘Inconvenient Sequel’ Misses Oscar Nod

Undocumented immigrant takes sanctuary in church to stop deportation, care for wife

Ugandan President: ‘I Love Trump’ For Speaking ‘Frankly’ About Africa

Toys R Us plans to close up to 182 stores

Roger Goodell says social justice campaign between NFL and players is ‘just the beginning’

Bret Weinstein: Yes, the left is eating itself

Conservatives call for end to taxpayer-funded sexual harassment settlements

NYT reporter denies making alleged anti-Trump comments

Manchin tells colleagues he’s running for reelection: report

Facebook Exec Is Leaving To Advise Democrats Ahead Of 2018 And 2020 Elections

Soros Group Spent $10 MILLION On Lobbying In Last Three Months Of 2017 Alone

NY to guarantee Medicaid for DACA recipients regardless of federal action

Sessions: Crime on decline due to Trump policies

North Korea could set off global nuclear arms race, CIA says

Uber driver in US illegally charged with 4 rapes

RESIST! Disney announces $1,000 cash bonuses for more than 125,000 employees

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan withholds money to sue Trump administration

UGH The latest millennial trend: Ditching the city to go live on a farm

Facebook is addictive and should be regulated like a cigarette company: Salesforce CEO

Washington state gov warns driver licensing bureau not to help ICE

Amazon pulls ‘slavery gets sh-t done’ products from site

Scientists sue EPA over advisory board cuts

Twitter operating chief resigns

And that’s all I’ve got, now go beat back the angry mob!