The Rundown for Nov. 21, 2018

NYT: TRUMP ORDERED CLINTON, COMEY PROSECUTED… The New York Times reported yesterday that President Trump sought to “order” the Justice Department to “prosecute” 2016 presidential opponent Hillary Clinton and former FBI director James Comey earlier this year. Then-White House counsel Don McGahn reportedly warned Trump that requesting an investigation could “prompt accusations of abuse of power.” The report claims White House lawyers wrote a “several-page” memo to Trump—at McGahn’s direction—explaining how asking law enforcement to probe his political rivals “could face a range of consequences,” including impeachment.

TRUMP WON’T TAKE ACTION AGAINST SAUDI ARABIA… The CIA report that implicated Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the brutal murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi apparently won’t prompt a response from the White House. President Trump declared yesterday that the U.S. would not “give up hundreds of billions of dollars” by retaliating. “They buy hundreds of billions of dollars of things from this country… They will get the military equipment and other things from Russia and China. Russia and China would be very, very happy,” Trump said. Earlier yesterday, Trump refused to hold the crown prince accountable for the killing of Kashoggi.

COMMITTEE TO INVESTIGATE IVANKA TRUMP OVER EMAIL USE… The House Oversight Committee plans to investigate whether White House senior adviser Ivanka Trump “violated federal law” when she used her personal email account to discuss official business last year, according to a report in yesterday’s Washington Post. The committee’s incoming chairman, Congressman Elijah Cummings of Maryland, accused the White House of not cooperating in the committee’s last attempted probe into Trump officials’ use of personal email accounts. Outgoing House Oversight Committee chairman, Congressman Trey Gowdy of South Carolina, later requested information and a briefing from the White House about Trump’s personal email use.

DARK-MONEY GROUP FUNDED MATTHEW WHITAKER… Acting attorney general Matthew Whitaker was reportedly paid more than $1.2 million in the past few years while he was president of a “dark money” group that does not reveal its donors. According to the Washington Post, Whitaker was paid $1,219,000 by the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust and he received $55,000 a month last year. Whitaker’s total pay between 2014 and 2017 was reportedly “more than a third of the donations” FACT collected. FACT formed Whitaker’s largest source of income, but he also drew a law firm salary and had paying roles as a CNN contributor.

DEMOCRAT TAKES UTAH HOUSE SEAT… Democrat Ben McAdams has officially flipped Utah’s 4th District congressional seat by beating incumbent Republican Congresswoman Mia Love by fewer than 700 votes. The final tally left Love just 20 votes shy of being able to request a recount. McAdams ran as a moderate while painting Love as a Trump-aligned partisan. Trump had criticized Love after the election for not supporting him.

ENTERTAINMENT
ASHLEY GREENE JOINS CAST OF ROGER AILES FILM… Ashley Greene is the most recent addition to the cast of a movie about disgraced Fox News chief Roger Ailes. Greene has signed on to play former “Fox & Friends” host Abby Huntsman, who is also the daughter of 2012 presidential candidate Jon Huntsman and the current co-host of “The View.” Actresses Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie and Charlize Theron have already joined the production.

KATY PERRY IS HIGHEST PAID WOMAN IN MUSIC… Katy Perry tops this year’s Forbes’ annual list of the highest paid women in music. Perry earned a reported $83 million before taxes from June 1, 2017 to June 1, 2018. The pop star performed 80 shows as part of her “Witness” tour and served as a judge on ABC’s reboot of “American Idol.” Taylor Swift finished in second place with $80 million and was followed by Beyonce in third place with $60 million.

SPORTS
NBA SCORES
Toronto 93 – ORLANDO 91… The Raptors recovered to down the Magic after blowing an early double-digit lead. Danny Green hit a tie-breaking fadeaway jumper with less than a second remaining. Kawhi Leonard scored 18 points to lead a balanced scoring attack.

WASHINGTON 125 – L.A. Clippers 118… The Wizards erased a 24-point second quarter deficit on their way past the Clippers. John Wall pumped in a game-high 30 points. Bradley Beal tossed in 27 points and Jeff Green added 20.

Portland 118 – NEW YORK 114… The Trail Blazers got 31 points from CJ McCollum and 29 from Damian Lillard in handing the Knicks their sixth straight loss. Jusuf Nurkic finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds.

Brooklyn 104 – MIAMI 92… The Nets outscored the Heat 30-15 in the fourth quarter to pull away with the victory. D’Angelo Russell scored 20 points to lead six players in double figures. Jarrett Allen had 13 points and 14 boards.

TONIGHT’S NBA SCHEDULE
New Orleans is at Philadelphia…
Charlotte hosts Indiana…
New York is at Boston…
Atlanta hosts Toronto…
Portland is at Milwaukee…
Minnesota hosts Denver…
Detroit is at Houston…
Cleveland hosts the L.A. Lakers…
Phoenix is at Chicago…
Dallas hosts Brooklyn…
Memphis is at San Antonio…
Utah hosts Sacramento…
Oklahoma City is at Golden State

NHL SCORE
Edmonton 3 – SAN JOSE 3 (OT)… Leon Draisaitl scored off a Connor McDavid assist at 51 seconds of overtime to send the Oilers past the Sharks. Draisaitl and McDavid both had a goal and two assists on the night.

TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE
Toronto is at Carolina…
Washington hosts Chicago…
the N.Y. Islanders are at the N.Y. Rangers…
Dallas is at Pittsburgh…
New Jersey hosts Montreal…
Florida is at Tampa Bay…
Detroit hosts Boston…
Philadelphia is at Buffalo…
Minnesota hosts Ottawa…
St. Louis is at Nashville…
Arizona hosts Vegas…
Edmonton is at Calgary…
Anaheim hosts Vancouver…
Colorado is at Los Angeles

TOP 25 MEN’S BASKETBALL SCORES
#3 Gonzaga 91, Arizona 74 in the Maui Invitational…
#16 Clemson 64, GEORGIA 49…
Lipscomb 73, #18 TCU 64…
#21 OREGON 83, Green Bay 72…
#23 OHIO STATE 68, Samford 50

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