Good morning! Here are the top four stories to start your day:
1: Department of Justice Officials Preparing for Mueller Report
CNN and The Washington Post reported yesterday that officials at the DOJ believe Mueller’s report could come as early as next week, and that it would like be a confidential report delivered to Attorney General William Barr.
While these reports suggest that the Mueller probe may be coming to an end, it is unclear how much if any of the report will be made public. Barr has said he will make as much of it public as is lawful.
Sources told Politico that members of Trump’s inner circle are nervous that the report will contain politically damaging information about Trump but no evidence of criminal wrongdoing.
2: Pelosi Says House Will Vote On Resolution Against National Emergency
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said on Wednesday that the House of Representatives will hold a vote in the coming days to end President Trump’s national emergency declaration.
In a letter to her colleagues, Pelosi said Trump’s national emergency declaration “violates the Constitution“:
“The President’s decision to go outside the bounds of the law to try to get what he failed to achieve in the constitutional legislative process violates the Constitution and must be terminated.”
It is unclear if the resolution would pass the Senate, which is controlled by a Republican majority. But if it did pass both chambers, White House officials say President Trump will veto the bill.
3: Education Secretary Donates Part of Salary to Historically Black Colleges
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos donated part of her salary to the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), a group of six historically black colleges, Politico reports.
In a statement, the president of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, Harry L. Williams thanked DeVos for her donation:
“Out of all the higher education organizations in the country she could have selected, we can’t thank Mrs. DeVos enough for her trust, belief in and support for TMCF, the mission and our 47 member-schools.”
DeVos also donated some of her salary to the following groups, per Politico:
— The Travis Manion Foundation, a nonprofit supporting veterans.
— The Kennedy Center’s Any Given Child initiative.
— The National Academy Foundation, a national network supporting STEM education.
— The Children’s Scholarship Fund, a nonprofit school choice group.
— Jesse Lewis Choose Love, a social-emotional learning program.
— The Mattie Miracle Cancer Foundation, which supports children with cancer and their families.
As a Cabinet secretary, DeVos earns a salary of $199,700.
4: RNC Raises $15.5M in January
The Republican National Committee raised $15.5 million in January as it prepares for President Trump’s re-election bid, Politico reports.
January’s fundraising hauls leaves the RNC with $28.6 million cash on hand. During the mid-term elections the RNC spent more than $300 million on efforts to elect Republicans across the country.
By contrast, the Democratic National Committee raised $6.5 million in January and has $6.5 million in the bank.