FEDERAL JUDGE: McGAHN MUST OBEY SUBPOENA… A federal judge ruled last night that former White House counsel Don McGahn must obey a subpoena for his testimony issued by the House Judiciary Committee. The ruling by Federal District Court Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson rejected all three of DOJ’s arguments and found that “the claim that a President’s senior-level aides have absolute testimonial immunity is meritless.” A higher court is expected to immediately put the ruling on hold as the Justice Department appeals the decision. The House Judiciary Committee sued to enforce that subpoena in August. Committee members say they want to question McGahn about matters he discussed with Special Counsel Robert Mueller as part of the Russia investigation. Mueller’s report cited McGahn’s testimony extensively in detailing potential instances of obstruction of justice by President Trump.
HOUSE PANEL TO ISSUE IMPEACHMENT REPORT… House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said yesterday that lawmakers plan to issue a report that could lead to impeachment charges against President Trump over his dealings with Ukraine. Schiff said the report will be released after Congress returns to Washington next week. Schiff sent a letter to members of Congress explaining that the report would include a catalog of Trump administration refusals to cooperate with the inquiry and that the lack of cooperation could form the basis of a separate article of impeachment.
ESPER ADMITS TAKING ORDER FROM TRUMP OVER NAVY SEAL… Department of Defense Secretary Mark Esper admitted yesterday that his order for U.S. Navy SEAL Edward Gallagher to retain his Trident pin came directly from President Trump. Esper said he considered it a formal order. Gallagher, who is accused of war crimes in Iraq, was prepared to surrender his Trident pin “for the good of the SEALs, and the president and the country,” but was later informed that he would be allowed to keep it. Gallagher was acquitted by a military jury in July of murdering a captured and wounded Islamic State fighter in Iraq, but was convicted of posing with the detainee’s corpse. Trump has vehemently supported Gallagher and previously intervened in the case to restore his rank following his demotion over the conviction. Esper also accused Navy Secretary Richard Spencer, whom he fired Sunday, of secretly offering to the White House to rig the Navy disciplinary process to ensure that Gallagher retains his status as a SEAL.
SUBPOENAS LINKED TO GIULIANI… The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that subpoenas issued to people linked to President Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani name Giuliani’s consulting company and list conspiracy to defraud the U.S., making false statements to the U.S. government, donating funds from foreign nationals, mail fraud and wire fraud among potential charges. The subpoenas named Giuliani Partners and suggested that federal prosecutors are looking into Giuliani’s consulting work. The subpoenas also reportedly name Fraud Guarantee, a company that paid Giuliani for consulting work. The company’s co-founder, Giuliani associate Lev Parnas, has pleaded not guilty to campaign finance violations along with fellow Giuliani associate Igor Fruman. Both men reportedly worked with Giuliani to help search in Ukraine for dirt on Trump’s political rival Joe Biden and his son Hunter.
NATIONAL ENQUIRER PUBLISHER MET WITH PROSECUTORS… National Enquirer publisher David Pecker has reportedly spoken with federal prosecutors in New York as part of the New York District Attorney office’s investigation into the Trump Organization’s handling of hush-money payments to women who alleged affairs with President Trump. Trump has denied the affairs. According to CNN, Pecker met with prosecutors in late October and detailed agreements that were made with former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen to kill potentially damaging stories to then-candidate Trump.
LL COOL J TO HOST KENNEDY CENTER AWARDS… LL Cool J has agreed to host the 2019 Kennedy Center Honors in December. CBS announced yesterday that the 51-year-old rapper and actor will lead the honoring of top performers and their lifetime contributions to American culture. The event is set for December 8 at the Kennedy Center Opera House in Washington, D.C. This year’s ceremony will honor actress Sally Field, conductor and composer Michael Tilson Thomas, singer Linda Ronstadt, the children’s program Sesame Street and the band Earth, Wind & Fire.
JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS-WILL FERRELL FILM GETS RELEASE DATE… The upcoming Julia Louis-Dreyfus-Will Ferrell black comedy “Downhill” has been given a February 14 release date. The film is the English-language remake of the 2014 Swedish film “Force Majeure.” The story centers on a married couple whose lives take a turn when they barely escape an avalanche while vacationing in the Alps.
MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL…
Baltimore 45 – L.A. RAMS 6… Lamar Jackson completed passes for yards and five touchdowns as the Ravens (9-2) routed the Rams (6-5). Jackson also rushed for 95 yards. Marquise Brown and Willie Snead IV had two scoring catches apiece. Mark Ingram II rushed 15 times for 111 yards and a score.
Brooklyn 108 – CLEVELAND 106… Spencer Dinwiddie knocked down a fadeaway jumper with 1.9 seconds remaining to send the Nets past the Cavaliers. He finished with 23 points. Jarrett Allen piled up 22 points and 21 rebounds.
DETROIT 103 – Orlando 88… The Pistons came up big in the second half on their way past the Magic. Luke Kennard scored 20 points to lead a balanced scoring attack.
INDIANA 126 – Memphis 114… T.J. Warren pumped in 26 points to lead the Pacers in their pounding of the Grizzlies. Five other players scored in double figures for Indiana.
MIAMI 117 – Charlotte 100… The Heat cruised past the Hornets to remain unbeaten at home. Bam Adebayo and Jimmy Butler scored 21 points apiece. Adebayo also grabbed 13 boards.
BOSTON 103 – Sacramento 102… Jaylen Brown scored 24 points and Jayson Tatum added 20 as the Celtics held off the Kings. Buddy Hield’s career-high 41 points weren’t enough for Sacramento.
Minnesota 125 – ATLANTA 113… The Timberwolves overcame a 10-point halftime deficit to roll past the Hawks. Karl-Anthony Towns had 28 points and 13 rebounds. Andrew Wiggins added 25 points.
TORONTO 101 – Philadelphia 96… The Raptors got 25 points from Pascal Siakam and 24 from Fred VanVleet in downing the 76ers. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson delivered 16 points and 10 boards off the bench.
Portland 117 – CHICAGO 94… The Trail Blazers shook off a slow start to put away the Bulls. Carmelo Anthony led the way with 25 points. CJ McCollum tossed in 21 points.
MILWAUKEE 122 – Utah 118… Giannis Antetokounmpo poured in 50 points and pulled down 14 rebounds as the Bucks rallied past the Jazz for their fifth straight win.
L.A. Lakers 114 – SAN ANTONIO 104… LeBron James scored 33 points and dished off 13 assists in leading the Lakers past the Spurs. Anthony Davis finished with 19 points and 12 boards.
Oklahoma City 100 – GOLDEN STATE 97… The Thunder scored the final 13 points to stun the Warriors. Chris Paul made a go-ahead jumper with 36.8 seconds remaining and finished with 20 points. Dennis Schroder scored a team-high 22 points.
TONIGHT’S NBA SCHEDULE…
the L.A. Clippers are at Dallas…
Denver hosts Washington
TAMPA BAY 5 – Buffalo 2… Cedric Paquette and Ondrej Palat netted short-handed goals 49 seconds apart in the third period as the Lighting skated past the Sabres. Palat also assisted on two goals.
N.Y. RANGERS 3 – Minnesota 2 (OT)… Tony DeAngelo found the net 32 seconds into overtime to lift the Rangers over the Wild. Artemi Panarin assisted on all three New York goals.
PHILADELPHIA 2 – Vancouver 1… The Flyers clipped the Canucks after spotting them an early lead. Jakub Voracek assisted on Sean Couturier’s second-period goal and netted the game-winner in the third period.
PITTSBURGH 3 – Calgary 2 (OT)… Jake Guentzel scored 4:04 into overtime to win it for the Penguins. Jared McCann and Alex Galchenyuk both had a goal and an assist.
COLUMBUS 1 – Ottawa 0… Goalie Joonas Korpisalo stopped all 25 shots as the Blue Jackets blanked the Senators. Oliver Bjorkstrand netted the game’s only goal 21 seconds into the third period.
NASHVILLE 3 – St. Louis 2 (SO)… The Predators recovered to outlast the Blues after blowing a two-goal lead. Filip Forsberg and Daniel Carr scored in the shootout.
DALLAS 4 – Vegas 2… Alexander Radulov scored two goals and assisted on another as the Stars doubled up on the Golden Knights. Tyler Seguin had two assists.
ANAHEIM 3 – N.Y. Islanders 0… John Gibson made 26 saves at goal in shutting out the Islanders. The Ducks got goals from Ondrej Kase, Cam Fowler and Ryan Getzlaf.
San Jose 4 – LOS ANGELES 3 (OT)… The Sharks topped the Kings after letting a three-goal lead slip away. Patrick Marleau scored the winning goal at 2:35 of overtime. Timo Meier netted two second-period goals.
TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE…
Boston is at Montreal…
New Jersey hosts Minnesota…
Dallas is at Chicago
TOP 25 MEN’S COLLEGE HOOPS SCORES…
Virginia Tech 71, #3 Michigan State 66 in the Maui Invitational…
#4 Kansas 93, Chaminade 63 in the Maui Invitational…
#10 Ohio State 71, Kent State 52 in the Buckeye Classic…
#17 Tennessee 58, Chattanooga 46 in the Emerald Coast Classic…
#18 Auburn, New Mexico in the Legends Classic…
#20 VCU 78, Alabama State 62