The Rundown for November 19, 2019

HOUSE INVESTIGATING TRUMP FOR LYING TO MELLER… House general counsel Douglas Letter said in federal court yesterday that the House of Representatives is investigating whether President Trump lied to former Special Counsel Robert Mueller in the written answers he provided as part of the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Letter made the claim while asking the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to grant access to grand jury material Mueller collected. Mueller produced a report that listed 10 possible obstruction-of-justice offenses allegedly committed by Trump.

REPORT: UKRAINE PRESIDENT FELT TRUMP PRESSURE… The Associated Press reported yesterday that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky felt pressure from the Trump administration to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter prior to the July phone call at the center of the impeachment inquiry. According to the report, State Department officials were informed at least three times that Zelensky was wary of the Trump administration pressuring him to pursue investigations into Trump’s political rival that could affect the 2020 U.S. presidential elections. The State Department reportedly circulating notes that Zelensky attempted to cover-up the real purpose of a May 7 meeting, which was to discuss political concerns with the White House, not energy.

HOUSE RELEASES DEPOSITION TRANSCRIPT… The House last night released the transcript of Saturday’s deposition of a diplomat at the U.S. embassy in Ukraine who said he “never seen anything” like the call U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland placed to President Trump at a restaurant in Kiev. David Holmes, the political adviser at the embassy, said he was shocked by the conversation he overheard and said Sondland demonstrated a lack of operational security. “There’s just so much about the call that was so remarkable that I remember it vividly,” said Holmes, who is scheduled to testify Thursday morning in the impeachment inquiry into Trump’s dealings with Ukraine.

TEMPORARY STAY IN TRUMP’S TAX-RETURN RELEASE… The Supreme Court yesterday granted a temporary stay on a lower court’s ruling that Trump’s accounting firm must release his tax returns to Congress. The temporary stay order requires the House Committee on Oversight and Reform to respond by Thursday. House Democrats had said earlier in the day in a letter that they would not oppose a 10-day administrative stay to allow the court time to consider arguments on both sides and that it would file a response by Friday.

THREE DEAD IN OKLAHOMA SHOOTING… A shooting outside a Walmart store in Duncan, Oklahoma, yesterday morning left two men and a woman dead. Authorities revealed last night that the shooter is among the dead. Authorities have not revealed a motive for the shooting. Authorities believe the gunman shot the male and female victims and then turned the gun on himself.

ENTERTAINMENT
MICHAEL JACKSON LAWSUITS GIVEN LIFE… Lawsuits filed by two men who accused Michael Jackson of repeatedly molesting them when they were boys gained traction yesterday. Three judges from the 2nd District Court of Appeal in California said in a tentative ruling that lawsuits from James Safechuck and Wade Robson against two corporate entities that Jackson owned should be reconsidered by the trial court that dismissed them in 2017. The two men aired their accusations earlier this year in the Emmy-winning HBO documentary “Leaving Neverland.”

Mötley Crüe PLANS STADIUM TOUR… Mötley Crüe announced yesterday that it is planning an upcoming reunion. The band is set to perform with Poison and Def Leppard in stadiums across the country, with specific dates and venues to be announced later. Mötley Crüe famously signed a “cessation of touring contract” after completing a “final tour” in 2015.

SPORTS
MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
Kansas City 24 – L.A. CHARGERS 17… The Chiefs intercepted Chargers quarterback Phillip Rivers four times in holding off the Chargers. LeSean McCoy, Darrel Williams and Travis Kelce ran for touchdowns.

NBA SCORES
NEW YORK 123 – Cleveland 105… The Knicks built a double-digit lead early and cruised past the Cavaliers. They got 30 points from Julius Randle and 23 from Marcus Morris Sr.

Indiana 115 – BROOKLYN 86… The Pacers bombed the Nets 41-17 in the second quarter and never looked back in their rout of the Nets. Aaron Holiday scored 24 points and dished off 13 assists. Domantas Sabonis had 16 points and 18 rebounds.

TORONTO 132 – Charlotte 96… The Raptors outscored the Hornets 72-40 in the second half on their way to a blowout win. OG Anunby scored 24 points and Pascal Siakam added 20.

HOUSTON 132 – Portland 108… James Harden scored a game-high 36 points, Russell Westbrook added 28 points and the Rockets pounded the Trail Blazers. Clint Capela added 22 points and 20 boards.

Milwaukee 115 – CHICAGO 101… Giannis Antetokounmpo tallied 33 points and 10 rebounds in leading the Bucks past the Bulls. Brook Lopez finished with 19 points and 10 boards.

DALLAS 117 – San Antonio 110… Luka Doncic piled up 42 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists in leading the Mavericks past the Spurs. Dorian Finney-Smith added 22 points.

Boston 99 – PHOENIX 85… The Celtics built a 15-point lead at the break and maintained control in the second half of their win over the Suns. Jayson Tatum led the way with 26 points.

Minnesota 112 – UTAH 102… Karl Anthony-Towns knocked down seven 3-pointers on his way to 29 points and grabbed 13 boards as the Timberwolves handled the Jazz. Jeff Teague tossed in 21 points.

L.A. CLIPPERS 89 – Oklahoma City 88… The Clippers hung on down the stretch to edge the Thunder. Montrezl Harrell came off the bench to score 28 points and pull down 12 rebounds. Ivica Zubac had 12 points and 10 boards.

TONIGHT’S NBA SCHEDULE
Golden State is at Memphis…
New Orleans hosts Portland…
Phoenix is at Sacramento…
the L.A. Lakers host Oklahoma City

NHL SCORES
WASHINGTON 5 – Anaheim 2… Five different players found the net as the Capitals skated past the Ducks in a testy affair. John Carlson assisted on two goals.

ARIZONA 3 – Los Angeles 0… Goalie Anttti Raanta stopped all 30 shots as the Coyotes blanked the Kings. Conor Garland had a goal and an assist.

TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE
Minnesota is at Buffalo…
Florida hosts Philadelphia…
Boston is at New Jersey…
Pittsburgh hosts New Jersey…
Montreal is at Columbus…
Detroit hosts Ottawa…
Tampa Bay is at St. Louis…
Winnipeg is at Nashville…
Chicago hosts Carolina…
Vancouver is at Dallas…
Calgary hosts Colorado…
Toronto is at Vegas…
San Jose hosts Edmonton

TOP 25 MEN’S COLLEGE HOOPS SCORES
#3 Michigan State 94, Charleston Southern 46 in the Maui Invitational…
#9 Kentucky 82, Utah Valley 74 in the BBN Showcase…
#10 Ohio State 86, Stetson 51 in the Buckeye Classic…
#15 Utah State 82, Texas-San Antonio 50…
#19 Auburn 91, Colgate 62…
#23 COLORADO 69, California-Irvine 53

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