The Rundown for July 24, 2019

MUELLER WANTS TO BRING TOP DEPUTY TO TESTIFY… Robert Mueller is planning to have his top deputy at his side today when he testifies before the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees. Mueller’s longtime aide Aaron Zebley, who headed the Russia investigation team for the special counsel’s office, is expected to advise Mueller during the Judiciary hearing and then be sworn in as a witness to answer questions posed by members of the Intelligence committee. Republicans have complained that Zebley’s appearance would represent a breach of their tentative negotiations. Today’s hearing is scheduled to start at 8:30 a.m. Eastern.

TRUMP SUES TO KEEP TAX RETURNS PRIVATE… President Trump yesterday filed suit to block the House Ways and Means Committee from obtaining his New York state tax returns. Trump’s lawyers argued that a law passed by New York state passed earlier this month would violate the president’s constitutional rights. The filing claim that the New York law “was enacted to retaliate against the President because of his policy positions, his political beliefs, and his protected speech, including the positions he took during the 2016 campaign.”

ESPER CONFIRMED AS DEFENSE SECRETARY… The Senate voted 90 to 8 yesterday to confirm Mark Esper as defense secretary. He replaces James Mattis, who stepped down in January. Esper had been Army Secretary and had briefly served as the acting secretary of defense. Senators who opposed Esper’s nomination cited his background as a top lobbyist for defense contractor Raytheon.

SENATE PASSES 9/11 VICTIMS COMPENSATION BILL… The Senate voted 97 to 2 yesterday to reauthorize the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund for the next 73 years. The bill provides financial support to help pay the health care bills for thousands of first responders and survivors of the 9/11 attacks. Republican Senators Rand Paul and Mike Lee cast the only votes against it.

FBI DIRECTOR WRAY WARNS OF RUSSIANS, WHITE SUPREMACISTS… FBI Director Christopher Wray warned yesterday that Russians are still carrying out foreign influence operations on the U.S. despite efforts to deter them. Testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Wray said the FBI has “significant resources devoted” to combating foreign influence in the 2020 election. Wray also told the committee that the bureau has made about 100 arrests for domestic terrorism in the first three quarters of this year—and most were linked to some form of white supremacy.

BIJAN KIAN CONVICTED… A federal jury convicted Trump transition adviser Bijan Kian of secretly lobbying on behalf of Turkey. Kian was found guilty of conspiracy and acting as an illegal foreign agent relating to work he performed with former national security adviser Michael Flynn prior to the 2016 election. An alleged $600,000 lobbying contract involving the two men was uncovered by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who passed along the case to other prosecutors after Flynn pleaded guilty to making false statements in 2017. The 67-year-old Kian faces up to 15 years in prison.

ICE RAIDS NET JUST 35 DETENTIONS… The New York Times reported yesterday that last week’s highly publicized Immigrations and Customs Enforcement raids led to the detentions of just 35 people. The operation targeted 2,000 migrants who are living in the U.S. without documentation. President Trump announced the operation ahead of time, which apparently helped the targets evade arrest.

SPLITSVILLE FOR ‘THE ORVILLE’ CO-STARS… “The Orville” co-stars Adrianne Palicki and Scott Grimes are headed for divorce after only two months of marriage. A court has ordered the two to share financial information about their personal and communal assets. Producers announced over the weekend that the show will move from Fox to Hulu next year for Season 3.

‘BIG LITTLE LIES’ FINALE SETS AUDIENCE RECORD… HBO’s “Big Little Lies” attracted its biggest-ever audience for its Season 2 finale. Nearly 2 million viewers tuned in to Sunday night’s initial airing. The series has averaged 12 million multi-platform viewers per episode, which reflected an increase of more than 40 percent over Season 1.

St. Louis 4 – PITTSBURGH 3… The Cardinals fought their way past the Pirates after spotting them an early three-run lead. Paul Goldschmidt tied the game with a two-run homer in the top of the third inning. Jose Martinez smacked a go-ahead round-tripper to lead off the fifth. Dakota Hudson (10-4) gave up three runs on six hits over 6-1/2 innings.

N.Y. METS 5 – San Diego 2… Robinson Cano hit three home runs and knocked in all five Mets runs in the win over the Padres. Jason Vargas (5-5) allowed just one hit over six scoreless innings.

WASHINGTON 11 – Colorado 1… Trea Turner hit for the cycle and drove in two runs to lead the Nationals in their romp over the Rockies. Anthony Rendon, Matt Adams and pinch-hitter Gerardo Parra added two RBIs apiece. Stephen Strasburg (13-4) pitched three-hit ball over six scoreless innings.

Cincinnati 14 – MILWAUKEE 6… Eduardo Suarez and Jesse Winker got the Reds going with two-run homers in the top of the first inning. Joey Votto added a two-run blast in the sixth. Phillip Ervin legged out a bases-clearing triple.

SAN FRANCISCO 5 –  Chi. Cubs 4 (13 innings)… Pablo Sandoval’s one-out homer in the bottom of the 13th inning lifted the Giants over the Cubs. Alex Dickerson homered and Kevin Pillar doubled home two runs during a three-run fourth.

TORONTO 2 – Cleveland 1 (10 innings)… Justin Smoak tied the game with a homer in the bottom of the ninth inning and singled home Erik Sogard with the winning run in the 10th.

Boston 5 – TAMPA BAY 4… Andrew Benintendi knocked in a pair of runs and Christian Vazquez smacked a solo homer as the Red Sox held off the Rays. Chris Sale allowed two runs on four hits and struck out 10 over six innings.

Oakland 4 – HOUSTON 3 (11 innings)… Ramon Laureano’s ground-rule double scored Matt Olson with a tie-breaking run in the top of the 11th inning and the Athletics made it stand in their defeat of the Astros. Olson put Oakland on the board with a three-run homer in the ninth.

Texas 7 – SEATTLE 2… Rougned Odor homered twice and drove in three runs in leading the Rangers past the Mariners. Shin-Soo Choo and Nomar Mozara also went deep.

N.Y. Yankees 14 – MINNESOTA 12 (10 innings)… The Yankees erased an 8-0 fifth-inning deficit on their way past the Twins. Gleyber Torres singled home Didi Gregorius with a go-ahead run in the top of the 10th inning. Gregorius went 5-for-5 with a two-run homer and seven RBIs. Aaron Hicks drilled a two-run homer.

Kansas City 5 – ATLANTA 4… Alex Gordon doubled home a run and homered for the Royals. Lucas Duda also went deep. Starter Danny Duffy limited Atlanta to a run on five hits and fanned 11 over six innings but didn’t get a decision.

Miami 5 – CHI. WHITE SOX 1… Caleb Smith (6-4) limited the White Sox to a run on two hits over seven innings. Curtis Granderson homered with a runner aboard. Harold Ramirez added a solo shot.

Philadelphia 3 – DETROIT 2 (15 innings)… Rhys Hoskins singled home Scott Kingery with a tie-breaking run in the top of the 15th inning to send the Phillies past the Tigers. Roman Quinn homered with a runner aboard in the second.

Baltimore 7 – ARIZONA 2… Dwight Smith Jr. blasted a three-run homer for the Orioles. Renato Nunez homered and singled home a run. Anthony Santander connected for a two-run homer. Dylan Bundy (5-11) gave up two runs on four hits over six innings.

L.A. Angels 5 – L.A. DODGERS 4… Mike Trout’s solo homer sparked a three-run top of the fifth inning that carried the Angels past the Dodgers. Kole Calhoun added a solo blast in the seventh.

Colorado (Jon Gray, 9-7/Kyle Freeland, 2-7) is at Washington (TBA/Patrick Corbin, 7-5) for a doubleheader…
Milwaukee (Jhoulys Chacin, 3-10) hosts Cincinnati (Lucas Sims, 1-0)…
the Chi. Cubs (Jon Lester, 9-6) are at San Francisco (Tyler Beede, 3-3)…
Pittsburgh (Jordan Lyles, 5-6) hosts St. Louis (Adam Wainwright, 6-7)…
San Diego (Dinelson Lamet, 0-2) is at the N.Y. Mets (Noah Syndergaard, 7-4)…

Boston (David Price, 7-3) is at Tampa Bay (Charlie Morton, 11-3)…
Houston (Justin Verlander, 12-4) hosts Oakland (Chris Bassitt, 7-4)…
Texas (Mike Minor, 8-5) is at Seattle (Mike Leake, 8-8)…
Toronto (Marcus Stroman, 6-10) hosts Cleveland (Shane Bieber, 9-3)…
the N.Y. Yankees (J.A. Happ, 8-5) is at Minnesota (Jake Odorizzi, 11-4)

Philadelphia (Vince Velasquez, 2-5) is at Detroit (Jordan Zimmermann, 0-7)…
Arizona (Taylor Clarke, 2-3) hosts Baltimore (John Means, 8-5)…
Kansas City (Brad Keller, 6-9) is at Atlanta (Julio Teheran, 5-6)…
the Chi. White Sox (Reynaldo Lopez, 5-8) host Miami (Zac Gallen, 0-2)…
the L.A. Angels (Jaime Barria, 3-3) are at the L.A. Dodgers (Ross Stripling, 4-3)

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