The Rundown for December 24, 2019

SCHUMER DEMANDS UKRAINE DOCUMENTS… Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is stepping up his effort to obtain new documents into how the White House froze promised military aid to Ukraine 90 minutes after President Trump’s July 25 phone call with the country’s president. Schumer has sent a letter requesting records from the State Department, Office of Management and Budget, and the White House. In the letter, Schumer noted that House Democrats have been unsuccessful in their efforts to obtain some of the records due to the administration’s defiance of congressional subpoenas. Schumer cited newly-released emails from White House budget official Michael Duffey in demanding specific documents. The emails revealed that Duffey asked the Pentagon not to disburse the security assistance to Ukraine and to keep the information “closely held” due to its “sensitive nature.”

HOUSE PANEL SEEKS McGAHN TESTIMONY… The House Judiciary Committee told an appeals court yesterday that it still has an urgent need for testimony from former White House counsel Don McGahn. Lawyers for the panel filed a request for a quick ruling on the validity of subpoena it issued to McGahn for testimony about Trump’s efforts to impede former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. The request comes just a week after Trump was impeached on abuse of power and obstruction charges stemming from his pressuring Ukraine to announce an investigation into Trump’s political rival Joe Biden and Biden’s son Hunter.

PARNAS, FRUMAN CONNECTED TO GAS DEAL… Two indicted associates of President Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani allegedly boasted of their connections to Trump in trying to set up a deal with Ukraine’s state-run gas company Naftogaz. The Associated Press reported yesterday that Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman told Naftogaz executive Andrew Favorov to facilitate a deal in which Ukraine would purchase large quantities of liquified natural gas from Texas. Favorov reportedly dismissed the boast until months later when Naftogaz CEO Andriy Kobolyev was ousted and Trump recalled U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch. Giuliani has denied being part of any deal.

FBI INVESTIGATING EX-KENTUCKY GOVERNOR… The Louisville Courier-Journal reported yesterday that the FBI is investigating former Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin’s flurry of pardons. Bevins commuted the sentences of more than 600 criminals, including violent felons, after he was voted out of office. Among those pardoned was Patrick Baker, who had served two years of a 19-year sentence for homicide and robbery. Baker’s brother held a fundraiser for Bevin last year.

BOEING OUSTS CEO… Dennis Muilenburg has been ousted as Boeing Chief Executive Officer in the wake of two fatal crashes by 737 MAX jetliners. Muilenburg and the company had maintained that the aircraft was safe, but investigators determined that problems with the jetliner’s software were linked to the crashes of a Lion Air flight in Indonesia in October 2018 and of an Ethiopian Airlines MAX in March. The crashes left 346 people dead. Boeing has announced that it will suspend production of the MAX in 2020, and the crisis will cost Boeing at least $10 billion.

LIL WAYNE FACING POSSIBLE FIREARMS, DRUG CHARGES… Lil Wayne could be facing federal charges after authorities found firearms and drugs aboard a private jet that the rapper flew into Miami yesterday. Federal agents obtained a search warrant to inspect the aircraft at Miami-Opa-locka Executive Airport after Miami-Dade Police were tipped that it was carrying weapons and marijuana. The search carried out by the FBI, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and other agencies reportedly turned up cocaine and a gun. Lil Wayne, was “cleared” to leave the scene last night, according to his defense attorney.

TOMEI, MOMOA TO STAR IN NETFLIX FILM… Academy Award-winning actress Marisa Tomei has signed on to co-star with Jason Momoa in the upcoming Netflix film “Sweet Girl.” The thriller tells the story about a husband who vows to bring justice to the people responsible for his wife’s death while protecting his daughter. The 55-year-old Tomei won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her work in the 1992 film, “My Cousin Vinny.”

Green Bay 23 – MINNESOTA 10… Aaron Jones rushed for 154 yards and a pair of second-half touchdowns as the Packers (12-3) downed the Vikings (10-5) and clinched the NFC North title. Mason Crosby kicked three field goals to 42 yards.

Washington 121 – NEW YORK 115… Bradley Beal scored 30 points and Troy Brown Jr. delivered 26 off the bench as the short-handed Wizards held off the Knicks.

CLEVELAND 121 – Atlanta 118… The Cavaliers jumped out to an early double-digit lead and hung on to beat the Hawks. Collin Sexton pumped in 25 points. Darius Garland added 21 points.

Philadelphia 125 – DETROIT 109… Tobias Harris scored a game-high 35 points in leading the 76ers past his former team. Joel Embiid added 20 points. Ben Simmons piled up 16 points, 13 rebounds and 17 assists.

ORLANDO 103 – Chicago 95… Terrence Ross came off the bench to score 26 points in the Magic’s defeat of the Bulls. Nikola Vucevic tossed in 21 points.

INDIANA 120 – Toronto 115 (OT)… All five starters scored in double figures as the Pacers outlasted the Raptors. T.J. Warren and Myles Turner scored 24 points apiece. Domantas Sabonis grabbed 17 rebounds to go with his 12 points.

MIAMI 107 – Utah 104… Jimmy Butler scored 20 points to lead six players in double figures and the Heat fought off the Jazz. Bam Adebayo had 18 points and 12 boards.

San Antonio 145 – MEMPHIS 115… The Spurs outscored the Grizzlies 46-31 in the first quarter and never looked back in the blowout victory. LaMarcus Aldridge poured in 40 points. DeMar DeRozan had 26 points and 10 assists.

Denver 113 – PHOENIX 111… Jamal Murray’s jumper with 2-1/2 seconds remaining lifted the Nuggets over the Suns. Murray led all scorers with 28 points. Nikola Jokic finished with 22 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists.

Houston 113 – SACRAMENTO 104… The Rockets got 34 points from James Harden and 28 from Russell Westbrook in their win over the Kings. Clint Capela had 15 points and 14 boards.

New Orleans 102 – PORTLAND 94… The Pelicans came up big in the second half to get past the Trail Blazers. Jrue Holiday led the way with 21 points. Brandon Ingram had 19 points and 11 rebounds.

GOLDEN STATE 113 – Minnesota 104… The Warriors took control with a big second quarter and withstood a fourth-quarter rally to down the Timberwolves. DeAngelo Russell led all scorers with 30 points. Alec Burks added 25 points.

No games scheduled.

TORONTO 8 – Carolina 6… Mitch Marner scored two of the Maple Leafs’ three goals within a two-minute span of the third period in a come-from-behind win over the Hurricanes. Marner and Zach Hyman had three assists. John Tavares had a goal and two assists.

MINNESOTA 3 – Calgary 0… Devan Dubnyk stopped all 22 shots in his first shutout of the season as the Wild skated past the Flames. Luke Kunin had a goal and an assist.

BOSTON 7 – Washington 3… The Bruins scored four unanswered goals in the first period on their way past the Capitals. David Krejci had a goal and two assists. Goalie Tuukka Rask made 39 saves.

TAMPA BAY 6 – Florida 1… Victor Hedman netted two goals and assisted on another as the Lightning skated past the Panthers. Brayden Point had a goal and three assists.

Columbus 3 – N.Y. ISLANDERS 2… Vladislav Gavrikov scored a go-ahead goal with 3:29 remaining and the Blue Jackets made it stand in edging the Islanders. Joonas Korpisalo stopped 37 shots at goal.

PHILADELPHIA 5 – N.Y. Rangers 1… The Flyers breezed past the Rangers after spotting them an early lead. Kevin Hayes and Travis Sanheim scored two goals apiece.

OTTAWA 3 – Buffalo 1… Jean-Gabriel Pageau’s second goal of the game broke a third-period tie and the Senators hung on to beat the Sabres. Brady Tkachuk assisted on both goals and scored an empty-netter.

NASHVILLE 3 – Arizona 2… Roman Jose assisted on Filip Forsberg’s first-period goal and scored the decisive goal in the third to lead the Predators past the Coyotes.

Montreal 6 – WINNIPEG 2… Tomas Tatar and Phillip Danault scored two goals apiece as the Canadiens handled the Jets for their fourth straight win. Nick Suzuki had two assists.

New Jersey 7 – CHICAGO 1… The Devils answered an early deficit with seven straight goals to blow away the Blackhawks. Damon Severson had a goal and two assists.

VANCOUVER 4 – Edmonton 2… The Canucks scored three unanswered goals in the third period to upend the Oilers. Quinn Hughes scored the go-ahead goal on a power play.

St. Louis 4 – LOS ANGELES 1… Brayden Schenn scored twice as the Blues scored all four goals in the first period and coasted past the Kings. Alex Pietrangelo had two assists.

Colorado 7 – VEGAS 3… Pierre-Edouard Bellemare found the net twice to lead the Avalanche in their trouncing of the Golden Knights. J.T. Compher and Nathan MacKinnon each had two assists.

No games scheduled.

#18 DAYTON 81, Grambling 53…
#21 Washington 72, Hawaii 61 in the Diamond Head Classic

Central Florida 48, Marshall 25 in the Gasparilla Bowl

BYU plays Hawai’i in the Hawai’i Bowl

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