The Rundown for May 21, 2019

WHITE HOUSE URGES McGAHN NOT TO TESTIFY… President Trump has cited a Justice Department legal opinion in directing former White House counsel Don McGahn to defy a subpoena to testify before the House Judiciary Committee today. The White House claims McGahn is immune from testifying about his work for the president. McGahn was a key figure in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and has described how Trump sought to obstruct the probe. Democrats warn that if McGahn doesn’t show up to today’s hearing, it could be grounds for an impeachment inquiry.

JUDGE ORDER TRUMP TO TURN OVER FINANCIALS… A federal district judge has ordered the accounting firm Mazars to turn over Donald Trump’s accounting records to the Democratic-controlled House Oversight Committee. The committee had subpoenaed records covering years before Trump became president, but was blocked by the White House. Judge Amit Mehta of the DC District Court ruled that Congress is well within its authority to investigate the president. “History has shown that congressionally-exposed criminal conduct by the president or a high-ranking Executive Branch official can lead to legislation,” Mehta wrote. Mazars has seven days to comply with the subpoena.

PROSECUTORS INVESTIGATING TRUMP INAUGURATION FUNDS… CNN reported yesterday that the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York has spent several weeks examining “tens of thousands” relating to President Trump’s inauguration. The investigation is reportedly trying to determine whether any of the $107 million donated to the inauguration committee was misspent or came from foreign donors. The New Jersey Attorney General’s Office has also received documents related to their own investigation into Trump’s inauguration, according to The Daily Beast.

COHEN CLAIMS HE WAS TOLD TO LIE ABOUT TRUMP TOWER MOSCOW… President Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen told the House Intelligence Committee during closed-door hearings in February and March that Trump attorney Jay Sekulow instructed him to lie about the timeline surrounding negotiations to build a Trump Tower in Moscow. Cohen claimed Sekulow instructed him to tell Congress that conversations on a project to build a Trump tower in Russia ended in January 2016 despite negotiations continuing into June of that year. Cohen’s testimony came to light last night after the committee voted to release it.

LAYOFFS AT FORD… Ford announced yesterday that it is laying off 500 salaried workers this week. The move is the automaker’s first wave of layoffs that are expected to reach 7,000 worldwide by the end of August. Ford CEO Jim Hackett said the cuts will reduce the management ranks by 20 percent and result in annual savings to the company of $600 million.

‘GAME OF THRONES’ SETS RECORD VIEWERSHIP… The series finale of “Game of Thrones” set an HBO record by drawing 13.6 million viewers on Sunday night. A total of 19.3 viewers watched the program, including replays and early streaming of the episode. “The Sopranos” set the previous record at the cable network when 11.9 million viewers watched the series finale in 2007.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON-COLIN JOST ENGAGED… Actress Scarlett Johansson and “Saturday Night Live” castmember Colin Jost have announced their engagement after two years of dating. The date of the wedding hasn’t been announced. The marriage would be the third for the 34-year-old Johansson, was previously married to actor Ryan Reynolds and journalist Romain Dauriac. It would be the first marriage for the 36-year-old Jost, who is the co-anchor of SNL’s Weekend Update.

N.Y. METS 5 – Washington 3… Amed Rosario and Pete Alonso got the Mets going with first-inning homers. Todd Frazier had a couple of hits and knocked in a run.

Philadelphia 5 – CHI. CUBS 4 (10 innings)… J.T. Realmuto smacked a tie-breaking homer in the top of the 10th inning and the Phillies made it stand in outlasting the Cubs. Cesar Hernandez legged out a two-run triple for Philadelphia.

Atlanta 4 – SAN FRANCISCO 1… Ronald Acuña Jr. homered twice and drove in three runs for the Braves. Austin Riley also went deep. Mike Soroka (5-1) allowed just a run on two hits over eight innings.

SAN DIEGO 2 – Arizona 1… Chris Paddack (4-2) held the Diamondbacks to a run on five hits over six innings. Franmil Reyes homered with a runner aboard in the bottom of the sixth inning to provide the Padres with all the offense they needed.

Boston 12 – TORONTO 2… The Red Sox got homers from Xander Bogaerts, Jackie Bradley Jr., Michael Chavis and Rafael Devers in their thrashing of the Blue Jays. David Price (2-2) pitched three-hit ball over five scoreless innings.

Oakland 6 – CLEVELAND 4… Matt Chapman singled home a run and belted a two-run homer to lead the Athletics past the Indians. Jurickson Profar and Matt Olson also went deep.

N.Y. Yankees 10 – BALTIMORE 7… Gary Sanchez’s three-run homer capped a four-run top of the ninth inning that gave the Yankees a come-from-behind win over the Orioles. Gleyber Torres homered twice for New York.

TEXAS 10 – Seattle 9… The Rangers took a 10-2 lead into the eighth inning and held on to edge the Mariners. Asdrubal Cabrera drilled a pair of solo homers. Rougned Odor, Hunter Pence and Joey Gallo also circled the bases.

HOUSTON 3 – Chi. White Sox 0… Astros starter Brad Peacock (5-2) limited the White Sox to two hits over five innings and four relievers completed the shutout. Jake Marisnick and Tyler White homered for Houston.

L.A. ANGELS – Minnesota

Philadelphia (Zach Eflin, 5-4) is at the Chi. Cubs (Jose Quintana, 4-2)…
Pittsburgh (Chris Archer, 1-2) hosts Colorado (German Marquez, 4-2)…
Washington (Erick Fedde, 0-0) is at the N.Y. Mets (Zack Wheeler, 3-3)…
Milwaukee (Gio Gonzalez, 2-0) hosts Cincinnati (Sonny Gray, 0-4)…
Atlanta (Julio Teheran, 3-4) is at San Francisco (Shaun Anderson, 0-0)…
San Diego (Matt Strahm, 1-3) hosts Arizona (Zack Greinke, 6-1)

Oakland (Chris Bassitt, 2-1) is at Cleveland (Trevor Bauer, 4-2)…
Baltimore (David Hess, 1-5) hosts the N.Y. Yankees (Domingo German, 8-1)…
Boston (Eduardo Rodriguez, 4-2) is at Toronto (Marcus Stroman, 1-6)…
Texas (Lance Lynn, 5-3) hosts Seattle (Tommy Milone, 0-0)…
the Chi. White Sox (Dylan Covey, 0-2) are at Houston (Justin Verlander, 7-1)…
the L.A. Angels (Trevor Cahill, 2-4) hosts Minnesota (Michael Pineda, 3-3)

the L.A. Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw, 3-0) are at Tampa Bay (TBA)
Detroit (Spencer Turnbull, 2-3) hosts Miami (Caleb Smith, 3-1)…
Kansas City (Homer Bailey, 4-4) is at St. Louis (Michael Wacha, 3-1)

Golden State 119 – PORTLAND 117 (OT)… A Warriors team missing three starters came from 17 points down to complete a sweep of the Trail Blazers and advance to the NBA finals for the fifth straight year. Stephen Curry scored a game-high 37 points to go with 13 rebounds and 11 assists. Draymond Green had 18 points, 14 boards and 11 assists. Golden State awaits the winner of the Milwaukee-Toronto series in the NBA Final, which opens May 30.

Milwaukee is at Toronto for Game 4 with the Bucks leading 2-1

San Jose is at St. Louis for Game 6 with the Blues leading 3-2.

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