The Rundown for May 30, 2019

MUELLER DISCUSSES INVESTIGATION… Special Counsel Robert Mueller made his first public comments yesterday since his two-year-long investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Mueller said Justice Department policy prevented him from bringing charges against a sitting president but also said the investigation did not clear Trump of improper behavior. “If we had had confidence that the President clearly did not commit a crime we would have said so,” Mueller said.

NADLER VOWS TO HOLD TRUMP RESPONSIBLE… House Judiciary Committee chairman Jerry Nadler yesterday vowed to hold President Trump accountable after Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s claim that he could not have brought charges against Trump. “It falls to Congress to respond to the crimes, lies and other wrongdoing of President Trump – and we will do so,” Nadler declared. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the option of impeaching Trump remains on the table but stressed that the case should be “iron-clad” before the House pursues it.

PROSECUTORS SUBPOENA CINDY YANG, GOP FUNDRAISER DOCUMENTS… The Miami Herald reported yesterday that federal prosecutors have subpoenaed President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club for all records on Republican donor Li “Cindy” Yang and Trump Victory, the political fundraising committee tied to Trump’s re-election campaign. Yang, the former Florida spa owner who is at the center of a human trafficking investigation, has been accused of selling Chinese businesspeople access to Trump at Mar-a-Lago events. Because some of the events were campaign fundraising events, the payments could be considered illegal political contributions. The subpoenas seek records from January 2017 on.

JOHN McCAIN’S NAME ON WARSHIP CONCEALED DURING TRUMP VISIT… The White House asked the U.S. Navy to conceal the name of late Arizona senator John McCain on the USS John McCain during President Trump’s trip to Japan over the weekend, according to an email obtained by the Wall Street Journal. Crew hung a tarp over the ship’s name ahead of Trump’s arrival and sailors were given the day off during Trump’s visit so that the president wouldn’t see the warship’s name on their caps. The ship has been stationed at the Yokosuka Naval Base near the USS Wasp, where Trump delivered Memorial Day remarks and visited U.S. officers. McCain and Trump feuded politically and Trump has continued his criticism of the lawmaker even after his death last fall.

IRAN WON’T NEGOTIATE NUKES WITH U.S… Iran Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said yesterday that his country will not negotiate a nuclear deal with the U.S. The announcement came after President Hassan Rouhani signaled talks between the two countries might be possible if the U.S. lifted sanctions. The Trump administration last year withdrew from an international nuclear deal signed with Tehran in 2015.

LOUSIANA GOVERNOR TO SIGN ABORTION BILL… Louisiana’s Democratic governor, John Bel Edwards, says he’ll sign a bill approved yesterday by state lawmakers that would ban nearly all abortions, without exceptions for rape or incest. The state house passed the heartbeat bill after it was overwhelmingly approved in the state Senate on May 6. The bill outlaws nearly all abortions when a fetal heartbeat is detected, as early as 6 weeks, and before many women know they’re pregnant.

RAIN COULD WORSEN ARKANSAS FLOODING… The Arkansas River neared a record-setting crest in Fort Smith yesterday but officials say the levee system has been “performing admirably” in withholding the surge of rainwater flowing downstream from Oklahoma and Kansas. Flooding remains widespread in Fort Smith and forecasters say heavy rainfall could worsen the situation. Swollen rivers are also causing problems along the Nebraska-Iowa border, where residents are preparing for evacuations.

TREBEK SAYS CANCER ‘NEAR REMISSION’… “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek says his stage-four pancreatic cancer is now in “near remission.” The 78-year-old said television personality said he has been responding well to chemotherapy treatments. Trebek says he has several more rounds of the therapy before he can be declared in full remission.

ASHTON KUTCHER TESTIFIES AGAINST ACCUSED SERIAL MURDERER… Ashton Kutcher testified at the capital murder trial of an accused serial killer yesterday. In 2001, the actor arrived at a 22-year-old woman’s home for a first date, but she didn’t answer the door. Kutcher then spoke with police the next day after he discovered that the woman had been murdered. Prosecutors characterize suspect Michael Gargiulo as a “serial sexual-thrill killer” who is linked to several other killings and attacks between 1993 and 2008 in Chicago and Los Angeles.

Pittsburgh 7 – CINCINNATI 2… Colin Moran and Josh Bell slugged three-run homers for the Pirates. Steven Brault (2-1) pitched three-hit ball over 5-1/3 scoreless innings.

MIAMI 4 – San Francisco 2… Neil Walker doubled home a tie-breaking run in the bottom of the seventh inning as the Marlins eased past the Giants.

Washington 14 – ATLANTA 4… Matt Adams homered with a runner aboard and Juan Soto smacked a solo shot for the Nationals. Howie Kendrick went 2-for-3 with four RBIs. Anthony Rendon drove in two runs.

PHILADELPHIA 11 – St. Louis 4… Bryce Harper, Scott Kingery and Andrew McCutchen hit two-run homers for the Phillies. Harper also stroked a two-run double. Maikel Franco added a solo shot.

COLORADO 5 – Arizona 4… Brendan Rodgers singled home a pair of runs for the Rockies as they held off the Diamondbacks.

L.A. DODGERS 9  – N.Y. Mets 8… The Dodgers rallied for four runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to stun the Mets. Alex Verdugo’s sacrifice fly scored Cody Bellinger with the winning run after Bellinger tied the game with a run-scoring double. Joc Pederson and Max Muncy hit back-to-back homers to lead off the inning. Corey Seager homered with the bases empty in the eighth. Justin Turner had three hits and knocked in two runs.

L.A. Angels 12 – OAKLAND 7 (11 innings)… Jonathan Lucroy’s two-run single capped a five-run top of the 11th inning that carried the Angels past the Athletics. Cesar Puello hit a two-run single and homered with a runner aboard.

Texas 8 – SEATTLE 7… Shin-Soo Choo tied the game with a two-run single in the top of the eighth inning and Asdrubal Cabrera added a go-ahead RBI double in the ninth to rally the Rangers past the Mariners. Hunter Pence got things going with a two-run triple in the first.

Cleveland 14 – BOSTON 9… The Indians used an 18-hit attack to outslug the Red Sox. Carlos Santana went 3-for-4 with a solo homer, five RBIs and four runs scored.

Detroit 4 – BALTIMORE 2… Brandon Dixon connected for a go-ahead two-run homer in the top of the ninth inning or the Tigers. John Hicks’ solo homer tied the game in the eighth.

TAMPA BAY 4 – Toronto 3 (11 innings)… Willy Adames singled home Andrew Velazquez with the winning run in the bottom of the 11th inning as the Rays outlasted the Blue Jays. Brandon Lowe lined a two-run double.

CHI. WHITE SOX 8 – Kansas City 7… The White Sox recovered to edge the Royals after blowing a 7-1 lead. Tim Anderson’s double scored James McCann with the decisive run in the bottom of the eighth inning. Jose Abreu drilled a three-run homer and Yoan Moncada hit a two-run blast for Chicago.

N.Y. YANKEES 7 – San Diego 0… Five pitchers combined on the shutout as the Yankees rolled past the Padres. DJ LeMahieu, Luke Voit and hit solo homers. Gleyber Torres homered with a runner aboard.

Chi. Cubs 2 – HOUSTON 1… Kyle Schwarber and Kris Bryant hit solo homers and the Cubs held off the Astros. Kyle Hendricks (5-4) allowed just a run on four hits over eight innings.

St. Louis (Dakota Hudson, 3-3) is at Philadelphia (Jerad Eickhoff, 2-2)…
Miami (Sandy Alcantara, 2-5) hosts San Francisco (Tyler Beede, 0-1)…
Arizona (Taylor Clarke, 1-1) is at Colorado (Kyle Freeland, 2-6)…
Pittsburgh (Joe Musgrove, 2-5) hosts Milwaukee (Chase Anderson, 2-0)…
the N.Y. Mets (Jason Vargas, 1-2) are at the L.A. Dodgers (Hyun-Jin Ryu, 7-1)

Boston (Chris Sale, 1-6) is at N.Y. Yankees (J.A. Happ, 4-3)…
Tampa Bay (Charlie Morton, 5-0) hosts Minnesota (Martin Perez, 7-1)…
Kansas City (Jakob Junis, 3-5) is at Texas (Mike Minor, 5-3)…
the Chi. White Sox (Manny Banuelos, 2-4) host Cleveland (Carlos Carrasco, 4-5)…
the L.A. Angels (Felix Pena, 2-1) are at Seattle (Yusei Kikuchi, 3-2)

St. Louis 3 – BOSTON 2 (OT)… Carl Gunnarson found the net 3:51 into overtime to send the Blues past the Bruins and tie the series at 1-1. Gunnarson also assisted on Robert Bortuzzo’s first-period goal. Vladamir Tarasenko also lit the lamp in the first period. The series moves to St. Louis for Game 3 on Saturday.

Toronto is at Golden State for Game 1

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