The Rundown for June 4, 2019

HOUSE SCHEDULES BARR, McGAHN CONTEMPT VOTE… The House will vote Tuesday on whether to hold Attorney General William Barr and former White House counsel Don McGahn in contempt of Congress for failing to comply with subpoenas related to the probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said he’ll bring to the House floor a resolution that authorizes the Judiciary Committee “to seek enforcement of its subpoenas in federal court.” Barr and McGahn were both subpoenaed by the House Judiciary Committee last month. Barr refused to hand over an unredacted version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on 2016 Russian election interference. McGahn didn’t appear to testify before the panel after the White House directed him not to comply.

TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY ETHICS CASE… The New York Times reported yesterday that Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao arranged “alarmingly inappropriate” meetings with members of her family who run an American shipping company and Chinese government officials in October 2017. Chao reportedly asked federal officials to help arrange travel to China for at least one family member and have them included in meetings with officials. The trip was reportedly canceled by Chao after state and transportation departments raised ethics concerns. Foremost Group, the company owned by Chao’s family, does most of its business with China and is contracted to haul for Beijing’s coal and iron-ore industries. Chao and her husband, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, have received millions of dollars in gifts from her father. A bank run by the Chinese government has reportedly loaned Foremost hundreds of millions of dollars.

SUPREME COURT WON’T SPEED UP DACA REVIEW… The Supreme Court yesterday declined a Trump administration request to speed up its review on whether it will take up a case on the president’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program. Administration officials requested last month that justices speed up the process. In 2017, President Trump announced plans to wind down the DACA program, saying it would give Congress a chance to pass “responsible” immigration reform. DACA provides protections for undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children, provided they meet certain guidelines.

WARRANTS USED IN FLINT INVESTIGATION… Authorities investigating the Flint, Michigan, water crisis have used search warrants to seize from storage the state-owned mobile devices of former Governor Rick Snyder and 65 other current or former officials. According to an Associated Press report yesterday, the attorney general’s office sought the warrants two weeks ago and got them signed by a Flint judge, according to documents the AP obtained through public records requests. The crisis began when Flint changed water sources as a cost-cutting move and resulted in lead-contamination. 15 current or former government officials have been charged for their roles in the disaster.

GEORGE NADER ARRESTED ON CHILD PORN CHARGES… George Aref Nader, a lobbyist who acted as an unofficial liaison between Washington politicians and Middle Eastern officials and was a key witness in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, was arrested on child pornography charges in New York yesterday. Upon arrival at John F. Kennedy International Airport, Nader was taken into custody for “transporting visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct,” according to the Justice Department. He previously pleaded guilty to the same charge in 1991. If convicted, he faces a minimum sentence of 15 years in prison and a maximum of 40 years. Nader served as a liaison between the Trump administration and the United Arab Emirates.

JAY-Z DECLARED A BILLIONAIRE… Jay-Z has become hip hop’s first billionaire, according to Forbes magazine. The rapper’s wealth was accrued through music, property, fashion and investments. The 49-year-old mogul, whose real name is Shawn Carter, rose to fame in 1996 with his debut album “Reasonable Doubt.” His superstar wife, Beyonce, is reportedly worth about $335 million.

BILLIE ELISH TOPS ALBUM CHART… Billie Eilsh’s “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” sold 62,000 copies to top the Billboard 200 album chart. DJ Khaled’s “Father of Asahd” remained at No. 2 with 58,000 units sold. Tyler the Creator’s “Igor” dropped into third place on sales of 51,000 copies. Moneybagg Yo’s “43VA Heartless” sold 40,000 copies to debut in fourth place. Kahlid’s “Free Spirit” capped the top five with 38,000 units sold.

L.A. Dodgers 3 – ARIZONA 1… Corey Seager provided all the offense the Dodgers needed with a three-run homer in the top of the fourth inning. Walker Buehler (6-1) limited the Diamondbacks to a run on two hits over eight innings.

SAN DIEGO – Philadelphia… Manny Machado’s grand slam capped a seven-run bottom of the sixth inning that carried the Padres past the Phillies. Franmil Reyes also homered for San Diego. Eric Lauer (5-4) gave up a run on two hits over six innings.

Houston – SEATTLE… The Astros opened with a three-run top of the first inning and held on to beat the Mariners. Robinson Chirinos smacked a solo homer.

CHI. CUBS 8 – L.A. Angels 1… Javier Baez smacked a solo homer and knocked in three runs to lead the Cubs past the Angels. Wilson Contreras also went deep for Chicago. Jon Lester (4-4) allowed a run on four hits over seven innings.

Atlanta (Max Fried, 7-3) is at Pittsburgh (Steven Brault, 2-1)…
the N.Y. Mets (Noah Syndergaard, 3-4) host San Francisco (Madison Bumgarner, 3-5)…
Miami (Pablo Lopez, 3-5) is at Milwaukee (Chase Anderson, 3-0)…
Chi. Cubs (Kyle Hendricks, 5-4) host Colorado (Jeff Hoffman, 1-1)…
Cincinnati (Luis Castillo, 5-1) is at St. Louis (Genesis Cabrera, 0-1)…
Arizona (Taylor Clarke, 1-1) hosts the L.A. Dodgers (Hyun-Jin Ryu, 8-1)…
Philadelphia (Jerad Eickhoff, 2-3) is at San Diego (Chris Paddack, 4-3)

the N.Y. Yankees (Masahiro Tanaka, 3-4) are at Toronto (Clayton Richard, 0-1)…
Cleveland (Shane Bieber, 4-2) hosts Minnesota (Devin Smeltzer, 0-0)…
Tampa Bay (Blake Snell, 3-4) is at Detroit (Ryan Carpenter, 0-2)…
Kansas City (Glenn Sparkman, 1-1) hosts Boston (Eduardo Rodriguez, 5-3)…
Baltimore (Dylan Bundy, 2-6) is at Texas (Drew Smyly, 1-3)…
the L.A. Angels (Griffin Canning, 2-1) host Oakland (Frankie Montas, 6-2)…
Houston (Wade Miley, 5-3) is at Seattle (Yesei Kikuchi, 3-3)

the Chi. White Sox (Reynaldo Lopez, 3-5) are at Washington (Stephen Strasburg, 5-3)

ST. LOUIS 4 – Boston 2… Ryan O’Reilly opened the scoring 43 seconds into the game and tipped in a tie-breaking goal midway through the third period as the Blues downed the Bruins to even the series at two games apiece. Vladimir Tarasenko had a first-period goal and Brayden Schenn added an empty-netter. The series returns to Boston for Game 5 on Thursday.

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