The Rundown for December 4, 2019

INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE RELEASES IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY REPORT… The House Intelligence Committee yesterday released a report that summarizes its findings in the impeachment inquiry into President Trump. The panel later formally passed the report in a closed-door vote and will advance it to the Judiciary Committee. The 300-page report cited Trump for obstruction of the House inquiry and withholding U.S. military aid from Ukraine on the condition of investigating Trump’s political rival Joe Biden and his son Hunter. “The President placed his own personal and political interests above the national interests of the United States, sought to undermine the integrity of the U.S. presidential election process, and endangered U.S. national security,” Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff wrote in the preface. The report counted a dozen current or former administration officials who declined to testify to his investigators, with 10 of them refusing despite getting subpoenas. It also cites four specific examples in which Trump used Twitter to intimidate people who were called to testify before the House committee, as well as the whistleblower who was the subject to more than 100 public statements during a two-month period. Additionally, phone records revealed that the top Republican on the committee, Devin Nunes, spoke several times to Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani earlier this year as Giuliani was publicly attacking Marie Yovanovitch, the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine at the time, and arranging a trip to Ukraine to dig up dirt on Joe Biden. Nunes spoke to Giuliani’s recently-indicted associate Lev Parnas, whose lawyer has claimed he was explicitly tasked by Trump to investigate the Bidens’ activities in Ukraine, according to the records. Finally, the report casts doubt on a September 9 phone call in which Ambassador Gordon Sondland claims Trump said he did not want a “quid pro quo” with Ukraine.

DEUTSCHE MUST TURN OVER TRUMP FINANCIALS… The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled yesterday that Deutsche Bank must turn over documents detailing President Trump’s financial records to two congressional committees. Trump has tried to block the release of the documents through lawsuits he filed against the German bank and Capital One. Investigators say The documents could contain extensive information about Trump’s business dealings, how he made his money and his relationships with foreign governments.

TRUMP CONTRADICTS POMPEO OVER IRAN PROTESTERS… President Donald Trump contradicted Secretary of State Mike Pompeo yesterday on U.S. support of protesters in Iran. During a joint news conference with French President Emmanuel Macron, Trump initially said he “didn’t want to comment on” whether America supported the protesters before adding: “But the answer is no.” The day before, Pompeo told Fox & Friends that the U.S. is supporting the protesters and that “we’ve done our best to make sure they can continue to communicate by using the internet” despite Iran’s efforts last week to shut down the entire web. Trump later declared on Twitter that the U.S. “supports the brave people of Iran who are protesting for their FREEDOM” while telling the press in NATO that he thought the original question was whether America was supporting the protesters financially.

KAMALA HARRIS ENDS PRESIDENTIAL BID… California Senator Kamala Harris announced yesterday that she is suspending her bid for the Democratic presidential nomination. The announcement followed upheaval among staff and disarray among her own allies. Harris had qualified for the December debate but was in single digits in both national and early-state polls.

DUNCAN HUNTER PLEADS GUILTY… Six-term California Republican Congressman Duncan Hunter pleaded guilty yesterday to a single charge of conspiring with his wife to use at least $150,000 in campaign funds for personal expenses under a plea deal. The congressman who had faced 60 counts before changing his plea. Hunter admitted that he and his wife, Margaret, misused at least $25,000 in campaign money every year from 2010 to 2016. The charge carries up to a five-year sentence, but he is expected to serve no longer than a year when he is sentenced in March.

ENTERTAINMENT
TELEVISION HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES… Cicely Tyson, Seth MacFarlane and Walt Disney Co. chief executive Bob Iger have been announced among inductees into the Television Academy’s Hall of Fame. Tyson is a three-time Emmy Awards winner whose credits include 1974’s “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman” and 1994’s “Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All.” MacFarlane, a writer, director, producer and performer, has won Emmy Awards for his animated series “Family Guy.” Iger became CEO of Disney in 2005, and in the years since, the company has acquired Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm and 21st Century Fox in addition to launching the Disney Plus streaming service.

CHARGES AGAINST REMY MA DROPPED… Prosecutors in New York have dropped assault charges against Grammy-nominated rapper Remy Ma. She was accused of punching her “Love & Hip Hop New York” castmate Brittney Taylor in the face at a New York City concert venue on April 16. Prosecutors say conflicting evidence and witness accounts made the case too difficult to prove.

SPORTS
NBA SCORES
Detroit 127 – CLEVELAND 94… The Pistons cruised past the Cavaliers to record back-to-back wins for the first time this season. Blake Griffin led the way with 27 points. Andre Drummond had 17 points and 14 rebounds.

Orlando 127 – WASHINGTON 120…The Magic built a double-digit first-half lead and hung on to beat the Wizards. Evan Fournier pumped in 31 points. D.J. Augustin scored 16 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter.

Miami 121 – TORONTO 110 (OT)… The Heat spurted past the Raptors in the overtime period. Jimmy Butler racked up 22 points, 14 boards and 12 assists. Duncan Robinson added 22 points.

Dallas 118 – NEW ORLEANS 97… Luca Doncic scored 15 of his 33 points in the third quarter and brought down 18 rebounds in leading the Mavericks past the Pelicans.

SAN ANTONIO 135 – Houston 133 (2OT)… The Spurs erased a 22-point deficit to outlast the Rockets. DeMar DeRozan made two free throws with 3.3 seconds left in the second overtime. Lonnie Walker IV led the Spurs with 28 points. Houston’s James Harden made all 24 free throws and finished with 50 points in the loss.

L.A. Lakers 105 – DENVER 96… Anthony Davis and LeBron James scored 25 points apiece to lead the Lakers past the Nuggets. Davis also had 10 boards.

L.A. CLIPPERS 117 – Portland 97… The Clippers pulled away in the second half to put away the Trail Blazers. Montrezl Harrell pumped in 26 points off the bench. Paul George tossed in 25 points.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
Golden State is at Charlotte…
Detroit hosts Milwaukee…
Phoenix is at Orlando…
Boston hosts Miami…
Brooklyn is at Atlanta…
Oklahoma City hosts Indiana…
Memphis is at Chicago…
Dallas hosts Minnesota…
the L.A. Lakers are at Utah…
Portland hosts Sacramento

NHL SCORES
BOSTON 2 – Carolina 0… Charlie Coyle and David Krejci scored 1:08 apart late in the third period to send the Bruins past the Hurricanes. Jaroslav Halak stopped all 24 shots at goal.

MONTREAL 4 – N.Y. Islanders 2… The Canadiens doubled up on the Islanders to end their eight-game losing streak. Shea Weber, Brendan Gallagher and Phillip Danault each had a goal and an assist.

Minnesota 4 – FLORIDA 2… Carson Soucy netted a tie-breaking goal early in the third period and the Wild went on to down the Panthers. Jason Zucker had a goal and an assist. Goalie Kaapo Kahkonen made 44 saves.

Vegas 4 – NEW JERSEY 3… Jonathan Marchessault scored three straight goals in the third period to rally the Golden Knights past the Devils. Alex Tuch had three assists. Just prior to the contest, New Jersey announced the firing of head coach John Hynes. Assistant coach Alain Nasreddine was named the interim coach.

PHILADELPHIA 6 – Toronto 1… The Flyers scored five straight goals in the third period to put away the Maple Leafs. Claude Giroux netted the go-ahead goal. Travis Konecny had a goal and an assist.

Arizona 4 – COLUMBUS 2… Carl Soderberg scored a goal and assisted on two others in leading the Coyotes past the Blue Jackets. Darcy Kuemper stopped 33 shots at goal.

Tampa Bay 3 – NASHVILLE 2 (OT)… Nikita Kucherov found the net at 2:35 of overtime to lift the Lightning over the Predators. Victor Hedman and Ondrej Palat scored in regulation.

WINNIPEG 5 – Dallas 1… Kyle Connor had a goal and two assists as the Jets skated past the Stars. Mark Scheifele and Nikolaj Ehlers each had a goal and an assist.

VANCOUVER 5 – Ottawa 2… The Canucks opened with four unanswered goals in the first period and never looked back in their defeat of the Senators. Adam Gaudette assisted on two goals.

Washington 5 – SAN JOSE 2… The Capitals skated past the Sharks after spotting them an early lead. Jakub Vrana and Garnet Hathaway scored two goals apiece. John Carlson had a goal and two assists.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
Colorado is at Toronto…
Pittsburgh hosts St. Louis…
Ottawa is at Edmonton…
Los Angeles hosts Washington

TOP 25 MEN’S COLLEGE HOOPS SCORES
#1 LOUISVILLE 58, #4 Michigan 43…
#10 Duke 87, #11 MICHIGAN STATE 75…
#15 MEMPHIS 71, Bradley 56…
INDIANA 80, #17 Florida State 64…
#18 BAYLOR 78, Maryland-Eastern Shore 46…
#19 DAYTON 99, Houston Baptist 68…
#24 Butler 67, MISSISSIPPI 58

NFL NEWS… The Carolina Panthers fired head coach Ron Rivera yesterday. The Panthers compiled a 76-63-1 regular-season records during Rivera’s nine-year tenure. He leaves as the winningest coach in team history and was a two-time NFL Coach of the Year. Carolina advanced Super Bowl 50 following the 2015 season.

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