The Rundown for April 4, 2019

MUELLER’S INVESTIGATORS SAY BARR LEFT INFO OUT OF REPORT… The New York Times reported last night that some investigators on special counsel Robert Mueller’s team have complained that Attorney General William Barr did not accurately portray the findings of their investigation into potential Russia collusion in the 2016 election. The investigators say the findings were “more troubling for President Trump” than Barr described. Mueller’s office reportedly has written “multiple summaries” of its nearly 400-page report and claim Barr left out important material that should have been included in Barr’s report on the general findings. Meanwhile, the House Judiciary Committee yesterday approved a subpoena for the full report. The approval doesn’t ensure that committee chairman Jerry Nadler will subpoena the report immediately but it gives him the power to.

HOUSE COMMITTEE DEMANDS TRUMP’S TAX RETURNS… The House Ways and Means Committee has formally requested that the IRS hand over six years of President Trump’s federal tax returns. Democratic Congressman Richard Neal of Massachusetts has reportedly given the IRS commissioner a letter demanding the president’s “personal and business” tax returns from 2013 to 2018, along with returns from Trump’s “trust and seven other core Trump business entities that control scores of other Trump operations.” The committee has reportedly given the IRS a week to comply with the request.

FEDS INVESTIGATE MAR-A-LAGO SECURITY LAPSE… Federal authorities are investigating potential Chinese intelligence operations targeting President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club. The Miami Herald reported yesterday that the investigation also involves spa owner Li “Cindy” Yang and Yujing Zhang, who was arrested earlier this week for allegedly attempting to enter the resort with a thumb drive infected with malware. The newspaper also reported that a probe into Yang was already ongoing before Zhang’s Tuesday arrest, and an FBI-led Joint Terrorism Task Force in South Florida is now trying to learn more Zhang.

SENATE VOTES TO LOWER DEBATE TIME IN CONFIRMATIONS… Senate Republicans yesterday voted to invoke the so-called nuclear option and change rules to reduce debate time on the confirmation process for certain Trump nominees. GOP senators used a simple majority to change the debate time for lower-level judicial and executive nominees from 30 hours to two hours. Republican senators Susan Collins of Maine and Mike Lee of Utah joined all Democrats in voting against the change.

NATO SECRETARY GENERAL ADDRESSES CONGRESS… During an address to a joint session of Congress yesterday, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg emphasized NATO’s importance in preserving peace during the post-World War II era. He noted that NATO was created almost exactly 70 years ago to secure democratic alliances and offer a counterbalance to the Soviet Union. Stoltenberg’s appeal for American support was a response to President Trump’s combative stance toward the treaty organization.

BRITNEY SPEARS CHECKS INTO MENTAL-HEALTH FACILITY… Britney Spears checked into a psychiatric facility last week after suffering from emotional distress, it was confirmed yesterday. The 37- year-old singer is expected to remain in treatment for a month. She is reportedly distraught over her father’s health crisis.

LORI LOUGHLIN, FELICITY HUFFMAN IN COURT… Actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman appeared in federal court in Boston yesterday as part of the college admissions fraud investigation. Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, are accused of bribing a consultant $500,000 to gain their daughters’ admission to the University of Southern California. Huffman allegedly paid the consultant $15,000 to cheat on her daughter’s SAT exam. The consultant, William Singer, has pleaded guilty to racketeering and other charges.

N.Y. Mets 6 – MIAMI 4… Jacob DeGrom struck out 14 over seven innings on the mound and homered as the Mets completed a three-game sweep.

St. Louis 5 – PITTSBURGH 4 (10 innings)… The Cardinals scored twice in the top of the 10th inning and held on to outlast the Pirates. Paul DeJong smacked a solo homer. Harrison Bader added a two-run blast.

WASHINGTON 9 – Philadelphia 8… Jake Noll drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the ninth inning to force home the winning run. Anthony Rendon, Ryan Zimmerman and Juan Soto homered for the Nationals.

Milwaukee 1 – CINCINNATI 0… Starter Freddy Peralta pitched two-hit ball over eight innings as the Brewers polished off a sweep. Manny Pina singled home the game’s only run in the top of the second inning.

SAN DIEGO 4 – Arizona 1… Manny Machado hit his first homer for the Padres with a runner aboard. Joey Lucchesi limited the Diamondbacks to four hits over six shutout innings.

ATLANTA 6 – Chi. Cubs 4… Johan Camargo lined a bases-clearing double as the Braves scored four times in the bottom of the eighth inning to upend the Cubs. Darby Swanson and Ozzie Albies homered for Atlanta.

L.A. DODGERS 5 – San Francisco 3… David Freese lined a go-ahead two-run double in the bottom of the seventh inning and Chris Taylor added an RBI double in the eighth for the Dodgers.

Chi. White Sox 8 – CLEVELAND 3… Jose Abreu drove in three runs with a single and a double. Leury Garcia went 4-for-5 and scored three runs.

Minnesota 7 – KANSAS CITY 6… Eddie Rosario came through with a go-ahead single in the top of the ninth inning and the Twins made it stand in a come-from-behind win over the Royals. Max Kepler tied the game in the eighth with a two-run single.

Detroit 2 – N.Y. YANKEES 1… Gordon Beckham connected for a tiebreaking solo homer in the top of the eighth inning. Tigers starter Matthew Boyd allowed a run on five hits and struck out 13 over 6-1/3 innings.

TORONTO 5 – Baltimore 3… Randal Grichuk belted a pair of homers as the Blue Jays dealt the Orioles their first loss in five games. Toronto starter Matt Shoemaker tossed seven shutout innings.

TEXAS 4 – Houston 0… Mike Minor limited scattered five hits over seven innings and got help from two relievers in the Rangers’ blanking of the Astros. Nomar Mazara homered for Texas.

Boston  6 – OAKLAND 3… Mookie Betts drilled a tie-breaking two-run triple in the top of the ninth inning and scored on Andrew Benintendi’s triple as the Red Sox doubled up on the Athletics.

Colorado 1 – TAMPA BAY 0 (11 innings)… Chris Iannetta homered in the top of the 11th inning to send the Rockies past the Rays.

Washington (Strasburg, 0-0) is at the N.Y. Mets (Syndergaard, 0-0)…
Pittsburgh (Lyles, 0-0) hosts Cincinnati (Mahle, 0-0)…
the Chi. Cubs (Darvish, 0-0) are at Atlanta (Fried, 0-0)…
San Diego at St. Louis postponed due to expected inclement weather

Kansas City (Junis, 1-0) is at Detroit (Turnbull, 0-1)…
Baltimore (Cobb, 0-0) hosts the N.Y. Yankees (Paxton, 0-1)…
Boston (Rodriguez, 0-1) is at Oakland (Anderson, 1-0)…
Cleveland (Bauer, 0-0) hosts Toronto (Sanchez, 1-0)…
Texas (Volquez, 0-0) is at the L.A. Angels (Harvey, 0-0)…
Seattle at the Chi. White Sox postponed due to expected inclement weather

Indiana 108 – DETROIT 89… Thaddeus Young scored 21 points and the Pacers cruised past a Piston team that played without the injured Blake Griffin.

ORLANDO 114 – New York 100… Nikola Vucevic scored 29 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in leading the Magic past the Knicks. Terrence Ross delivered 23 points off the bench.

Chicago 115 – WASHINGTON 114… Walt Lemon Jr. made two free throws with 1.8 seconds left and finished with a career-high 24 points in the Bulls’ defeat of the Wizards. Six other players scored in double figures for Chicago.

ATLANTA 130 – Philadelphia 122… Trae Young had game-highs with 33 points and 12 assists in leading the Hawks past the 76ers. John Collins added 25 points.

Toronto 115 – BROOKLYN 105… Pascal Siakam scored 28 points and pulled down 10 boards as the Raptors downed the Nets. Kawhi Leonard tossed in 26 points.

Boston 112 – MIAMI 102… The Celtics pulled away late in their defeat of the Heat. They got 25 points from Gordon Hayward and 23 from Kyrie Irving.

Charlotte 115 – NEW ORLEANS 109… Kemba Walker scored 21 of his 32 points in the fourth quarter as the Hornets fought off the Pelicans. Frank Kaminsky came off the bench to score 21 points.

Minnesota 110 – DALLAS 108… Karl-Anthony Towns had 28 points and 13 rebounds as the Timberwolves held off the Mavericks. Andrew Wiggins’ layup with 19 seconds left proved to be the difference.

DENVER 113 – San Antonio 85… Nikola Jokic scored 20 points to lead a balanced scoring attack in the Nuggets’ blowout of the Spurs. Jokic also gathered 11 boards. Jamal Murray had 14 points and 11 assists.

Utah 118 – PHOENIX 97… The Jazz shook off a slow start to roll past the Suns. Donovan Mitchell let the way with 29 points. Joe Ingles tossed in 27 points. Rudy Gobert finished with 17 points and 13 rebounds.

PORTLAND 116 – Memphis 89… The Trail Blazers breezed past the short-handed Grizzlies to notch their 50th point of the season. Enes Kanter had 21 points and 14 boards. Damian Lillard added 20 points and 10 assists. Evan Turner racked up 13 points, 12 boards and 11 assists off the bench.

Houston 135 – L.A. CLIPPERS 103… The Rockets got 31 points from James Harden and 29 from Chris Paul in their blowout of the Clippers. Clint Capela had 24 points and 15 rebounds.

Milwaukee is at Philadelphia…
Sacramento hosts Cleveland…
Golden State is at the L.A. Lakers

Ottawa 4 – N.Y. RANGERS 1… Brady Tkachuk scored a goal and had an assist as the Senators skated past the Rangers. Goalie Anders Nilsson made 28 saves.

CHICAGO 4 – St. Louis 3 (SO)… Jonathan Toews netted the lone goal in the shootout as the Blackhawks outlasted the Blues. Patrick Kane had a goal and an assist. Cam Ward stopped 37 shots at goal.

ANAHEIM 3 – Calgary 1… Sam Steel, Max Jones and Ryan Getzlaf scored for the Ducks. Ryan Miller got the start at goal and made 26 saves.

Ottawa is at Buffalo…
Toronto hosts Tampa Bay…
the N.Y. Islanders are at Florida…
Pittsburgh hosts Detroit…
Montreal is at Washington…
Carolina hosts New Jersey…
Philadelphia is at St. Louis…
Nashville hosts Vancouver…
Boston is at Minnesota…
Colorado hosts Winnipeg…
San Jose is at Edmonton…
Vegas hosts Arizona

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