The Rundown for October 24, 2019

TRUMP ATTORNEY MAINTAINS PRESIDENT IMMUNE FROM PROSECUTION… An attorney representing President Trump argued in court yesterday that presidents can’t be criminally investigated or charged while in office. During an appeals court hearing to decide whether the Manhattan district attorney can obtain Trump’s tax returns to investigate potential fraud, Judge Denny Chin asked lawyer William Consovoy if he thought Trump would be immune from prosecution, even if he stood “in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shot somebody.” Consovoy maintained that presidents can only face consequences once they have left office.

HOUSE REPUBLICANS STORM CLOSED HEARING… The testimony of deputy assistant secretary of defense Laura Cooper before three House committees was delayed by five hours yesterday after about 25 House Republicans stormed the closed hearings. The GOP representatives who occupied the secure hearing room demanded that Democrats allow even members who don’t sit on the Intelligence, Oversight and Foreign Affairs committees to participate. President Trump reportedly had advance knowledge of the protest and supported the action. National security experts called the action a reckless publicity stunt that posed a security risk.

NOT GUILTY PLEAS IN UKRAINE-SCANDAL DEFENDANTS… Lawyers representing one of two defendants arraigned yesterday for their roles in the Ukraine scandal argued raised the issue of executive privilege during the court proceeding. Lev Parnas, a Soviet-born business associate with ties to Rudy Giuliani, and Igor Furman pleaded not guilty in a four-count indictment that accused them of funneling money through straw donors into U.S. elections in an effort to gain influence. Prosecutors also allege the pair petitioned U.S. politicians, including a congressman, to have the ambassador to Ukraine removed from her post. Assistant U.S. Attorney Rebekah Donaleski said charges are supported by voluminous information gained through “dozens of search warrants,” property searches, subpoenas, emails, social media accounts and financial records from more than 50 bank accounts.

BARR URGED TO RECUSE FROM UKRAINE MATTERS… The New York City Bar Association yesterday urged Attorney General William Barr to recuse himself from the Department of Justice’s Ukraine investigation. The association said Barr would undermine the Department of Justice’s role in safeguarding the rule of law under the Constitution by failing to recuse himself. “If he fails to do so, he should resign or, failing that, be subject to sanctions, including possible removal, by Congress,” the association wrote.

U.S. TROOPS CAN STAY ONLY A MONTH IN IRAQ… The Iraqi government said yesterday that U.S. troops who are moved from Syria to Iraq have will be allowed to stay for only four weeks. The Pentagon announced last week that about 1,000 U.S. troops are being moved from northern Syria to western Iraq to continue the fight against ISIS. Iraq defense minister Najah al-Shammari made the announcement after meeting U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper in Baghdad.

ROSE McGOWAN FILES SUIT OVER ALLEGED WEINSTEIN RAPE… A federal lawsuit filed yesterday by actress Rose McGowan claims that Harvey Weinstein and two of his former attorneys engaged in racketeering to silence her and derail her career before she accused him of rape. The suit filed in Los Angeles names as defendants Weinstein, attorneys David Boies and Lisa Bloom and their law firms, and Black Cube, an Israeli intelligence firm hired by Weinstein. Defendants conspired to defraud, smear and marginalize McGowan as she was preparing to name Weinstein during the run-up to the explosion of the #MeToo movement late in 2017, according to the lawsuit. The 46-year-old McGowan was one of the earliest among dozens of women who accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct.

CHUCK D TO BE HONORED… Rapper Chuck D will be honored with the Woody Guthrie Prize, which recognizes artists who speak out for the less fortunate. He will receive the award at a ceremony in Tulsa on November 16. Chuck D was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013 as a member of the hip-hop group Public Enemy. Previous recipients of the award include John Mellencamp, Norman Lear, Kris Kristofferson, Mavis Staples and Pete Seeger.

Washington 12 – HOUSTON 3… The Nationals erupted to score six runs in the top of the seventh inning to break a 2-2 tie on their way to taking a 2-0 lead in the 2019 World Series. Kurt Suzuki sparked the uprising with a solo homer. Adam Eaton added a two-run shot in the eighth. Asdrubal Cabrera had a couple of hits and drove in three runs. Starter Stephen Strasburg allowed two runs on seven hits over six innings. The series shifts to the nation’s capital for Game 3 tomorrow.

CHARLOTTE 126 – Chicago 125… Rookie PJ Washington made seven 3-pointers on his way to 27 points and the Hornets came from behind to top the Bulls. Dwayne Bacon added 22 points. Cody Zeller finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds.

Detroit 119 – INDIANA 110… Andre Drummond racked up 32 points and 23 rebounds in leading the Pistons past the Pacers. Luke Kennard made six 3-pointers in the final 6 minutes and finished with 30 points.

ORLANDO 94 – Cleveland 85… Nikola Vucevic pumped in 21 points to lead a balanced scoring attack and the Magic handled the Cavaliers.

PHILADELPHIA 107 – Boston 93… Ben Simmons dropped in 24 points for the 76ers. Joel Embiid finished with 15 points and 13 boards.

MIAMI 120 – Memphis 101… The Heat bombed the Grizzlies 37-17 in the fourth quarter to pull out the win. Justise Winslow led the way with 27 points. Rookie Kendrick Nunn added 24 points.

Minnesota 127 – BROOKLYN 126 (OT)… Karl Anthony-Towns had 36 points and 14 rebounds as the Timberwolves outlasted the Nets. Andrew Wiggins tossed in 21 points. Kyrie Irving’s 50 points weren’t enough for Brooklyn.

DALLAS 108 – Washington 100… Luka Doncic led all scorers with 34 points. Kristaps Porzingis added 23 points for the Mavericks.

SAN ANTONIO 120 – New York 111… The Spurs pulled past the Knicks in the fourth quarter. They got 22 points from LaMarcus Aldridge and 20 from Bryn Forbes.

UTAH 100 – Oklahoma City 95… Donovan Mitchell scored 32 points and grabbed 12 boards as the Jazz topped the Thunder in a back-and-forth contest.

PHOENIX 124 – Sacramento 95… Devin Booker scored 22 points and dished off 10 assists for the Suns in their defeat of the Kings. Kelly Oubre Jr. added 21 points.

Denver 108 – PORTLAND 100… The Nuggets came up big in the fourth quarter to fight off the Trail Blazers. Nikola Jokic had 20 points and 13 rebounds.

Atlanta is at Detroit…
Houston hosts Milwaukee…
the L.A. Clippers are at Golden State

OTTAWA 5 – Detroit 2… Anthony Duclair found the net twice as the Senators downed the Red Wings to snap a four-game skid.

TAMPA BAY 3 – Pittsburgh 2… Victor Hedman’s power-play goal with 56.8 seconds remaining gave the Lightning a come-from-behind win over the Penguins. Goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy made 37 saves.

San Jose is at Montreal…
the N.Y. Islanders host Arizona…
Buffalo is at the N.Y. Rangers…
Columbus hosts Carolina…
Los Angeles is at St. Louis…
Nashville hosts Minnesota…
Philadelphia is at Chicago…
Dallas hosts Anaheim…
Florida is at Calgary…
Edmonton hosts Washington

Washington (1-6) is at Minnesota (5-2)

#16 SMU is at Houston

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