The Rundown for August 20, 2018

WHITE HOUSE LAWYER COOPERATING WITH INVESTIGATORS… White House lawyer Donald McGahn is “co-operating extensively” with the Russia inquiry into election meddling, according to the New York Times. McGahn has reportedly spent 30 hours sharing detailed items of interest to investigators. He gave at least three voluntary interviews to investigators over a nine-month period, the Times said.

WHITE HOUSE SPEECHWRITER LEAVES… The White House has confirmed to CNN that a speechwriter for President Trump is no longer employed at the White House following revelations that he attended a conference frequented by white nationalists. Darren Beattie was listed as a speaker at the 2016 H.L. Mencken Club Conference, which annually attracts prominent white nationalists. Other listed speakers included white nationalist Peter Brimelow and two writers who were both later fired from the National Review for espousing racist views.

COHEN UNDER INVESTIGATION… The New York Times reported yesterday that President Trump’s longtime lawyer Michael Cohen is under investigation for allegedly committing bank and tax fraud exceeding $20 million. The report claims investigators are centering on loans obtained by taxi businesses owned by Cohen and his family, as well as allegations that Cohen violated campaign finance laws by paying women to be quiet about their affairs with Trump. Investigators are also looking into whether Cohen “misrepresented the value of his assets” in order to obtain loans from two New York banks for his businesses.

BRENNAN TO TAKE ACTION AGAINST TRUMP… Former CIA director John Brennan said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” yesterday that he’s ready to take legal action against President Trump for stripping Brennan’s security clearance. Brennan said he’d been “contacted by a number of lawyers” offering advice on how to “prevent Trump from doing this in the future.” Brennan noted that his motive is to “prevent Donald Trump from doing this against other people.”

U.S. TO REMAIN IN IRAQ ‘AS LONG AS NEEDED’… A spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition announced yesterday that U.S. forces will remain in Iraq “as long as needed” to help in areas previously under the control of the Islamic State. Colonel Sean Ryan made the announcement at a press conference in Abu Dhabi. He said any “drawdown” in the number of troops would depend “on when NATO comes in and they help train the forces as well.” About 5,200 U.S. troops are currently based in the country.

TRAVIS SCOTT TOPS ALBUM CHART… Travis Scott’s “Astroworld” sold 205,000 units to remain at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart. Nicki Minaj’s “Queen” opens in second place with 185,000 units sold. Drake’s “Scorpion” slipped to third place on sales of 102,000 copies. Trippie Redd’s “Life’s a Trip” finished in fourth place after selling 72,000 units. Post Malone’s “beerbongs & bentleys” finished at No. 5 with 56,000 copies sold.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE… “Crazy Rich Asians” took in $25.2 million to open atop the weekend box office. Last week’s champ “The Meg,” slipped into second place with $21.1 million. “Mile 22” took in $13.6 million to debut at No. 3. “Mission: Impossible—Fallout” and newcomer “Alpha” made $10.5 million apiece to complete the top five.

CINCINNATI 11 – San Francisco 4… Jose Peraza and Eugenio Suarez hit two-run homers, Billy Hamilton drove in three runs and the Reds pounded the Giants. Scooter Gennett legged out a two-run triple.

PITTSBURGH 2 – Chi. Cubs 1 (11 innings)… Adam Frazier’s homer in the bottom of the 11th inning lifted the Pirates over the Cubs. Gregory Polanco doubled home Corey Dickerson with a tying run in the sixth.

Miami 12 – WASHINGTON 1… The Marlins used a 17-hit attack to rout the Nationals. J.T. Realmuto, JT Riddle and Isaac Galloway all homered. Jose Ureña (4-12) allowed a run on two hits in going the distance.

Colorado 4 – ATLANTA 2… The Rockies doubled up on the Braves to complete a four-game sweep. DJ LeMahieu and Trevor Story drilled solo homers.

Milwaukee 2 – ST. LOUIS 1… Jhoulys Chacin (13-4) pitched four-hit ball over six shutout innings and the Brewers edged the Cardinals. Mike Moustakas’ two-run double in the top of the third inning provided all the offense Milwaukee needed.

Arizona 4 – SAN DIEGO 3… A.J. Pollock hit a tiebreaking solo homer in the top of the ninth inning and the Diamondbacks held on to down the Padres. Jeff Mathis went 3-for-4 with an RBI.

N.Y. Mets 8 – PHILADELPHIA 2… The Mets built a 7-0 lead and coasted past the Phillies in the Little League Classic played in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Amed Rosario had three hits and three RBIs. Jeff McNeill had two hits and knocked in two runs. Jason Vargas allowed two runs on six hits over 5-1/3 innings.

N.Y. YANKEES 10 – Toronto 2… Greg Bird’s grand slam capped a six-run bottom of the first inning and the Yankees coasted past the Blue Jays. Miguel Andujar and Kyle Higashioka drove in two runs apiece for New York.

Tampa Bay 2 – BOSTON 0… Five pitchers combined on a four-hitter as the Rays blanked the Red Sox. Joey Wendle and C.J. Cron hit solo homers to account for Tampa Bay’s runs.

CLEVELAND 8 – Baltimore 0… Mike Clevinger (9-7) scattered seven hits over six innings and got plenty of support as the Indians throttled the Orioles. Melky Cabrera unloaded a grand slam to cap a six-run bottom of the sixth inning.

MINNESOTA 5 – Detroit 4… Eddie Rosario hit a tie-breaking homer to lead off the bottom of the eighth inning and the Twins made it stand in edging the Tigers. Max Kepler and Jake Cave also hit solo homers for Minnesota.

CHI. WHITE SOX 7 – Kansas City 6… The White Sox erased an early 6-0 deficit on their way past the Royals. Avisail Garcia hit a three-run homer, Tim Anderson added a two-run shot and Omar Narvaez smacked a solo blast during a six-run bottom of the fourth inning. Narvaez also singled home Garcia with the go-ahead run in the fifth.

TEXAS 4 – L.A. Angels 2… Rougned Odor singled home a run in the bottom of the first inning and blasted a three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh to power the Rangers past the Angels on a rainy day in Arlington.

Houston 9 – OAKLAND 4… The Astros blasted five home runs to get past the Athletics and reclaim sole possession of first place in the AL West. Alex Bregman, Yuli Gurriel, Marwin Gonzalez, Evan Gattis and Martin Maldonado all circled the bases.

L.A. Dodgers 12 – SEATTLE 1… Justin Turner went 4-for-5 with a homer and five RBIs as the Dodgers walloped the Mariners. Enrique Hernandez homered and singled home a run. Clayton Kershaw (6-5) allowed just a run on four hits over seven innings.

Atlanta (Gausman, 7-9) is at Pittsburgh (Archer, 4-5)…
the N.Y. Mets (Wheeler, 8-6) host San Francisco (Holland, 6-8)…
Cincinnati (Bailey, 1-10) is at Milwaukee (Anderson, 7-7)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Wood, 7-6) host St. Louis (Gomber, 3-0)

Baltimore (Cashner, 4-10) is at Toronto (Estrada, 6-9)…
Boston (Porcello, 15-5) hosts Cleveland (Kluber, 15-6)…
Kansas City (Lopez, 0-2) is at Tampa Bay (Wood, 0-1)…
Minnesota (Gonsalvez, 0-0) hosts the Chi. White Sox (Giolito, 8-9)…
Texas (TBD) is at Oakland (Fiers, 8-6)…
Seattle (Hernandez, 8-11) hosts Houston (Cole, 11-5)

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