The Rundown for May 7, 2019

HOUSE COMMITTEE TO VOTE ON BARR CONTEMPT… House Judiciary Committee chairman Jerry Nadler is recommending that Attorney General William Barr be found in contempt of Congress for failing to comply with a subpoena for the full special counsel report on Russian meddling in the 2016 elections and the underlying evidence. The committee is scheduled to vote on a contempt resolution tomorrow. The Justice Department has cited legal statutes and the illegitimacy of the request in withholding documents from the committee.

MNUCHIN WON’T RELEASE TRUMP TAX RETURNS… Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin set the stage for a lengthy court battle between lawmakers and the Trump administration yesterday by denying congressional Democrats’ request for six years of President Trump’s personal and business tax returns. Mnuchin told House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal that he won’t comply with the request because it lacks “a legitimate legislative purpose.” Neal said he is considering his next steps.

PROSECUTORS: TRUMP WOULD BE INDICTED IF HE WEREN’T PRESIDENT… A letter signed and published yesterday by more than 400 former federal prosecutors claims President Trump would have been indicted for obstruction of justice in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation if he weren’t president. Prosecutors supporting the letter have served under both Republican and Democratic administrations dating back to President Dwight D. Eisenhower. The letter argued that Attorney General William Barr’s decision not to charge Trump with obstruction “runs counter to logic and our experience.”

NEW YORK ATTORNEY GENERAL SUES TREASURE DEPARTMENT, IRS… New York Attorney General’s office is suing the Trump Treasury Department and its subsidiary, the Internal Revenue Service, for failing to respond to legally mandated records requests. The suit filed yesterday by Attorney General Letitia James targets the IRS’ refusal to provide information about the implementation of a reporting standard that eliminates donor disclosure requirements for non-501(c)(3) tax-exempt groups for donors who give more than $5,000. The suit also claims that the revised standards impede the AG’s ability to regulate the organizations.

COHEN REPORTS TO PRISON… President Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen reported to federal prison yesterday to served his three-year sentence for campaign finance violations, tax evasion and other charges. Cohen pleaded guilty last year for paying hush money to two women who claimed they had affairs with Trump. Cohen will serve his time at the Federal Correctional Institution in Otisville, New York.

OREGON TEACHERS PLANNING WALKOUT… Teachers in Oregon are expected to walk out of their classrooms this week as they seek better pay. The state’s largest district, Portland Public Schools, is among those planning to close for at least part of tomorrow. Teachers at schools staying open have opted to participate in sit-ins or after-school rallies.

ENTERTAINMENT
ACTRESS BARBARA PERRY DIES… Actress Barbara Perry who is best known for her work in the 1960s sitcom “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” died in Hollywood on Sunday of natural causes. She was 97. Perry appeared on Broadway before launching her television career. Her TV credits include “The Andy Griffith Show, “Murphy Brown” and most recently FX’s “Baskets.”

LIL WAYNE, BLINK 182 TO TOUR… Lil Wayne and Blink-182 have announced a co-headlining tour. The North American trek begins this June and stretches through September. The tour starts and ends in Ohio. It launches June 27 in Columbus and wraps up September 16 in Cincinnati.

SPORTS
MLB
NL SCORES
CINCINNATI 12 – San Francisco 4… The Reds pounded the Giants in a game that was delayed by swarming bees. Nick Senzel homered twice. Eugenio Suarez also circled the bases.

MILWAUKEE 5 – Washington 3… Ben Gamel went 3-for-5 with an RBI in helping the Brewers top the Nationals. Jesus Aguilar’s sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh inning scored Christian Yelich with a tie-breaking run.

ST. LOUIS 6 – Philadelphia 0… Miles Mikolas (4-2) tossed three-hit ball over seven innings and two relievers preserved the Cardinals’ shutout of the Phillies. Yadier Molina, Matt Carpenter and Paul DeJong homered for St. Louis.

Miami 6 – CHI. CUBS 5… The Marlins pushed across three runs in the top of the ninth inning and held on to edge the Cubs. Jon Berti smacked a solo homer for Miami.

SAN DIEGO 4 – N.Y. Mets 0… Padres starter Chris Paddack (4-1) held the Mets to four hits over 7-2/3 innings and struck out 11. Hunter Renfroe broke a scoreless tie with a homer to lead off the bottom of the fifth inning. Eric Hosmer stroked a two-run double in the eighth.

L.A. DODGERS 5 – Atlanta 3… Chris Taylor had a couple of hits and knocked in a pair of runs or the Dodgers. Starter Walker Buehler (4-0) gave up three runs on five hits over seven innings.

AL SCORES
Chi. White Sox 9 – CLEVELAND 1… Yoan Moncada hit a two-run homer and knocked in four runs to lead the White Sox past the Indians. James McCann Also homered for Chicago. Ivan Nova (1-3) gave up a run on eight hits over seven innings.

N.Y. YANKEES 7 – Seattle 3… The Yankees jumped out to a 7-0 lead after three innings and coasted past the Mariners. Luke Voit and Thairo Estrada hit two-run homers. Brett Gardner also went deep.

BALTIMORE 4 – Boston 1… Jonathan Villar’s grand slam in the bottom of the second inning provided all the offense the Orioles needed in their win over the Red Sox. John Means (4-3) surrendered a run on three hits over seven innings.

Minnesota 8 – TORONTO 0… Eddie Rosario smacked a solo homer and knocked in three runs as the Twins romped over the Blue Jays. Jason Castro added a two-run blast and Jorge Polanco connected for a solo shot. Martin Perez pitched two-hit ball over six innings. Two relievers completed the shutout.

HOUSTON 6 – Kansas City 4… The Astros got homers from George Springer, Carlos Correa and Robinson Chirinos in powering their way past the Royals. Chirinos’ blast came with a runner aboard.

INTERLEAGUE SCORE
TAMPA BAY 12 – Arizona 1… Blake Snell (3-3) limited the Diamondbacks to one hit over six innings and got plenty of support in the Rays’ win. Tommy Pham unloaded a grand slam. Avisail Garcia also went deep.

TODAY’S NL SCHEDULE
Philadelphia (Aaron Nola, 2-0) is at St. Louis (Dakota Hudson, 2-2)…
Milwaukee (Freddy Peralta, 1-1) hosts Washington (Stephen Strasburg, 3-1)…
Miami (Caleb Smith, 3-0) is at the Chi. Cubs (Jon Lester, 2-1)…
Colorado (Antonio Senzatela, 2-1) hosts San Francisco (Madison Bumgarner, 1-4)…
the N.Y. Mets (Noah Syndergaard, 2-3) are at San Diego (Cal Quantrill, 0-1)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Hyun-Jin Ryu, 3-1) host Atlanta (Mike Foltynewicz, 0-1)

TODAY’S AL SCHEDULE
the Chi. White Sox (Lucas Giolito, 2-1) are at Cleveland (Jefry Rodriguez, 0-1)…
the N.Y. Yankees (Masahiro Tanaka, 2-3) host Seattle (Marco Gonzales, 5-1)…
Boston (TBA) is at Baltimore (David Hess, 1-4)…
Toronto (Aaron Sanchez, 3-2) hosts Minnesota (Jose Berrios, 5-1)….
the L.A. Angels (Griffin Canning, 0-0) are at Detroit (Daniel Norris, 1-0)…
Houston (Collin McHugh, 3-3) hosts Kansas City (Danny Duffy, 0-1)…

TODAY’S INTERLEAGUE SCHEDULE
Texas (Adrian Sampson, 0-1) is at Pittsburgh (Steven Brault, 0-1)…
Tampa Bay (TBA) hosts Arizona (Taylor Clarke, 0-0)…
Cincinnati (Tayler Mahle, 0-4) is at Oakland (Mike Fiers, 2-3)

NBA PLAYOFF SCORES
Milwaukee 113 – BOSTON 101… The Bucks shook off a slow start to get past the Celtics and take a 3-1 lead in the series. Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 39 points and brought down 16 rebounds. The series returns to Milwaukee tomorrow for Game 5.

HOUSTON 112 – Golden State 108… The Rockets held off the Warriors to tie the series at two games apiece. James Harden pumped in a game-high 38 points and grabbed 10 boards. Eric Gordon added 20 points. Game 5 is tomorrow in Oakland.

TONIGHT’S NBA PLAYOFF SCHEDULE (second round)…
Philadelphia is at Toronto for Game 5 with the series tied 2-2…
Denver hosts Portland for Game 5 with the series tied 2-2

NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS SCORES (second round)…
Boston 3 – COLUMBUS 0… The Bruins wrapped up the series in six games and advance to take on Carolina in the Eastern Conference final. Goalie Tuukka Rask made 39 saves in his sixth career playoff shutout. Boston got goals from David Krejci, Marcus Johansson and David Backes.

COLORADO 4 – San Jose 3 (OT)… Gabriel Landeskog scored at 2:32 of overtime to lift the Avalanche over the Sharks and force tomorrow night’s Game 7 in San Jose. J.T. Cumpher scored two goals and had an assist for Colorado.

TONIGHT’S NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS SCHEDULE (second round)…
Dallas is at St. Louis for Game 7

 

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