The Rundown for October 1, 2019

GIULIANI SUBPOENAED… Rudy Giuliani was subpoenaed yesterday by three House committees demanding documents related to President Trump’s discussions with Ukraine. The subpoenaed was issued as part of the House’s impeachment inquiry. House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff, Foreign Affairs Chairman Eliot Engel and Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings sent a letter ordering Giuliani to deliver the documents by October 15. The letter cites a “growing public record” including Giuliani’s own comments that indicate he and Trump pressured the Ukrainian government to pursue two “politically-motivated investigations.”

WSJ: POMPEO IN ON UKRAINE CALL… The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was among Trump officials who listened in on the July 25 call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that prompted a whistleblower complaint. The complaint is at the heart of the House impeachment inquiry and alleges Trump sought Ukraine’s help in investigating corruption allegations against Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son. Pompeo has not acknowledged his involvement in the call.

TRUMP-PUTIN CALLS PRIVATE, RUSSIA SAYS… The Kremlin declared yesterday that the U.S. cannot publish transcripts of phone calls between President Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin without Russia’s consent. The announcement came a day after House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said Congress seeks to review Trump’s calls with Putin and other world leaders. Schiff says Congress seeks access to the calls out of concern that Trump may have jeopardized national security.

CONGRESSMAN CHRIS COLLINS RESIGNS… Republican Congressman Chris Collins of New York resigned from his seat yesterday and is expected to plead guilty today to federal insider-trading charges. Collins was the first sitting congressman to support President Trump’s presidential run before the 2016 election and his original indictment came months before he defeated his Democratic rival by less than half a percentage point to retain his seat in 2018. Had he not resigned, Collins faced possible expulsion following today’s plea.

FLAKE URGES CONGRESSIONAL REPUBLICANS NOT TO SUPPORT TRUMP… Former Arizona senator Jeff Flake urged his fellow Republicans in Congress yesterday not to support President Trump’s 2020 reelection bid. Flake wrote in a Washington Post op-ed that Republicans have a moral obligation to put their principles first. Flake said in March that he would prefer a Democrat win the 2020 election than have Trump serve another term.

JESSYE NORMAN DIES… Opera singer Jessye Norman has died in a New York hospital at the age of 74, her family said yesterday. She was 74. Norman established herself in Europe in the 1970s and made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in 1983. Considered one of the most renowned sopranos of the 20th Century, she sang at the presidential inaugurations of Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton. Her many awards included four Grammy Awards, the National Medal of Arts and the Kennedy Center Honor.

STACEY DASH ARRESTED… The Pasco County, Florida, Sheriff’s Department confirmed yesterday that actress Stacey Dash was arrested Sunday on a domestic battery charge. The 52-year-old Dash, who is best known for her work in the 1995 teenage romance film “Clueless,” allegedly pushed and slapped a man across the face following a “verbal argument.” More recently, Dash was an on-air contributor at Fox News until 2016.

PITTSBURGH 27 – Cincinnati 3… The Steelers (3-1) clobbered the Bengals (1-3) in a matchup of teams seeking their first win. Mason Rudolph completed 24 of 28 passes for 229 yards and two touchdowns in place of the injured Ben Roethlisberger. Pittsburgh’s defense sacked Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton eight times.

MLB POSTSEASON OPENS TODAY… Major League Baseball’s postseason kicks off today when the Milwaukee Brewers visit the Washington Nationals in the NL Wild Card game. Brandon Woodruff (11-3, 3.62 ERA) gets the start for Milwaukee, while Washington counters with Max Scherzer (11-7, 2.92 ERA). First pitch is set for 8:08 p.m. Eastern and the game airs on TBS. The American League Wild Card game is set for tomorrow with Oakland hosting Tampa Bay.

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