The Rundown for May 17, 2019

FLYNN PROVIDES EVIDENCE OF OBSTRUCTION… Unredacted court papers filed yesterday indicate former national security adviser Michael Flynn told investigators that people linked to the Trump administration and Congress urged him to obstruct the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. According to the filing from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office, Flynn even provided a voicemail recording of one of President Trump’s lawyers telling him not to cooperate with the investigation. Prosecutors have not identified any of the people who contacted Flynn.

TRUMP MADE $479M IN 2018… In his annual financial disclosure report released yesterday, President Trump claims he made at least $479 million last year. The president’s income reportedly includes $40.8 million from his Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., and $22.7 million from his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. Trump’s 2018 income appears to surpass the $450 million he claimed to make during the previous year.

NADLER RESPONDS TO DOCUMENT-REQUEST REJECTION… House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler has expressed anger at the White House for rejecting his documents request in a wide-ranging abuse-of-powers probe. White House counsel Pat Cipollone on Wednesday told the committee that the investigation is illegitimate and should be abandoned. Nadler sent Cipollone a letter maintaining that the investigation was necessary to gain “more detailed information” in the wake of the Mueller report.

SCOTT PRUITT’S UNNECESSARY TRAVEL COSTS ITEMIZED… A report released yesterday by the EPA’s Office of the Inspector General claims former Environmental Protection Agency Director Scott Pruitt spent nearly $124,000 on unnecessary air travel between March 1, 2017, and the end of the year. The majority of Pruitt’s travel costs were for airfare, and more than three-quarters of the flights he took were in first class, according to the report. Nearly half of all of Pruitt’s trips included travel to, or had stops in, his home town of Tulsa.

TEXAS MAN CHARGED WITH 12 MURDERS… Prosecutors in Dallas County, Texas, have charged a man with killing 12 elderly women and investigators are reexamining hundreds of other deaths to see if he might be connected. A grand jury on Tuesday returned six capital murder indictments against 46-year-old Billy Chemirmir in connection with the deaths of the six women in 2016 and early 2018. A second grand jury in Collin County indicted Chemirmir on five other murder charges on Tuesday, but details didn’t become available until yesterday. Chemirmir was arrested last year and charged with the murder of a woman. The age of the victims ranged from 76 to 94.

ROLLING STONES TO RESUME TOUR… The Rolling Stones announced yesterday that they will kick off their postponed “No Filter” tour with shows in Chicago on June 21 and 25. The tour was called off in March after doctors told the band’s 75-year-old frontman Mick Jagger that he required heart surgery and he couldn’t go on the road. The band has promised to play its classic hits on the tour.

IN THEATERS… In the sequel “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum,” super-assassin John Wick goes on the lam after killing a member of the international assassin’s guild and becomes the target of hit men and women everywhere. Keanu Reeves and Halle Berry star in the R-rated film. “A Dog’s Journey” tells the story about a dog that finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he meets. Josh Gad and Dennis Quaid star in the PG film.

WASHINGTON 7 – N.Y Mets 6… Gerardo Parra hit a two-run homer for the Nationals. Kurt Suzuki knocked in a pair of runs with a double and a single.

Milwaukee 11 – PHILADELPHIA 3… Christian Yelich smacked a pair of solo homers for the Brewers. Yasmani Grandal belted a three-run homer and lifted a sacrifice fly. Mike Moustakas added a two-run homer.

ATLANTA 10 – St. Louis 2… Freddie Freeman went 3-for-4 with a solo homer and two RBIs for the Braves. Nick Markakis and starting pitcher Julio Teheran also knocked in two runs. On the mound, Teheran (3-4) allowed just two hits over five scoreless innings.

CINCINNATI 4 – Chi. Cubs 2… The Reds got the better of the Cubs in a game that featured an hour-and-51 minute rain delay. Eugenio Suarez singled home Joey Votto with a go-ahead run in the bottom of the fifth inning and added an RBI single in the seventh. Jose Peraza smacked a solo homer.

Pittsburgh 4 – SAN DIEGO 3… Ian Kinsler belted a go-ahead three-run homer in the bottom of the sixth inning to give the Padres the lead for good in their defeat of the Pirates. Franmil Reyes opened the scoring with a third-inning homer.

Oakland 17 – DETROIT 3… The Athletics had an easy time beating the Tigers for the 13th straight time. Jurickson Profar’s grand slam highlighted the rout. Josh Phegley hit a two-run homer and drove in four runs. Marcus Semien blasted a three-run homer. Mark Canha homered with a runner aboard. Chris Bassitt (2-1) pitched four-hit ball over eight scoreless innings.

Texas 16 – KANSAS CITY 1… Rougned Odor homered twice and knocked in four runs to lead the Rangers past the Royals. Joey Gallo, Willie Calhoun and Hunter Pence smacked solo homers. Starter Lance Lynn (5-3) allowed a run on seven hits over seven innings.

CLEVELAND 14 – Baltimore 7… The Indians erased a 5-1 deficit on their way to doubling up on the Orioles. Jason Kipnis homered twice and drove in six runs. Carlos Santana had a couple of hits and drove in three runs.

CHI. WHITE SOX 4 – Toronto 2… Ryan Cordell bunted home Yolmer Sanchez with a tying run in the bottom of the eighth inning and Leury Garcia added a sacrifice fly as the White Sox topped the Blue Jays.

Minnesota 11 – SEATTLE 6… The Twins erupted to score seven runs in the top of the fourth inning to put away the Mariners. Byron Buxton homered with a runner aboard and C.J. Cron added a three-run shot during the uprising. Jason Castro and Max Kepler drilled solo homers.

the Chi. Cubs (Cole Hamels, 3-0) are at Washington (Max Scherzer, 2-4)…
Philadelphia (Cole Irvin, 1-0) hosts Colorado (Jon Gray, 3-3)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Rich Hill, 0-1) are at Cincinnati (Anthony DeSclafani, 2-1)…
Miami (Trevor Richards, 0-5) hosts the N.Y. Mets (Jacob DeGram, 3-4)…
Milwaukee (Jhoulys Chacin, 3-4) is at Atlanta (Kevin Gausman, 2-3)…
Arizona (Merrill Kelly, 3-4) hosts San Francisco (Jeff Samardzija, 2-1)…
Pittsburgh (Jordan Lyles, 3-1) is at San Diego (Joey Lucchesi, 3-2)

Tampa Bay (Ryne Stanek, 0-1) is at the N.Y. Yankees (CC Sabathia, 2-1)…
Cleveland (Jefry Rodriguez, 1-2) hosts Baltimore (Dylan Bundy, 1-5)…
Houston (Gerrit Cole, 4-4) is at Boston (Rick Porcello, 3-3)…
Detroit (Daniel Norris, 2-3) hosts Oakland (Frankie Motas, 4-2)…
Toronto (Aaron Sanchez, 3-4) is at the Chi. White Sox (Ivan Nova, 2-3)…
the L.A. Angels (Matt Harvey, 1-3) host Kansas City (Brad Keller, 2-4)…
Minnesota (Martin Perez, 5-1) is at Seattle (Marco Gonzales, 5-2)

St. Louis (Miles Mikolas, 4-3) is at Texas (Drew Smyly, 0-3)

GOLDEN STATE 114 – Portland 111… The Warriors came up big down the stretch after trailing by 15 points at halftime and downed the Trail Blazers to take a 2-0 lead in the series. Stephen Curry scored 37 points to lead all scorers. Klay Thompson added 24 points. Draymond Green finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds. The series moves to Portland for Game 3 tomorrow.

Toronto is at Milwaukee for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference final with the Bucks leading 1-0

Boston 4 – CAROLINA 0… The Bruins blanked the Hurricanes to complete a sweep of the Eastern Conference final. They await the winner of the San Jose-St. Louis series in the Stanley Cup Final. Patrice Bergeron netted two goals and assisted on another. David Pastrnak scored a goal and had two assists. Brad Marchand added a goal and an assist.

San Jose is at St. Louis for Game 4 of the Western Conference final with the Sharks leading 2-1

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