NBA draft: Jazz should still find a good player available at No. 12

first_img Related No real disappointment as Jazz hang on to No. 12 pick SALT LAKE CITY — Now that the Utah Jazz know they’ll be getting the No. 12 pick in next month’s NBA draft, who are some of the players most likely to be available?Obviously players such as Duke’s Jahlil Okafor and Kentucky’s Karl Anthony-Towns will be gone when the Jazz select, as will top players such as Ohio State’s DeAngelo Russell, Emmanuel Mudiay, the former Texas high school star (and SMU recruit) who played in China this year, Latvian Kristaps Porzingis and Duke’s Justise Winslow, all of whom are at the top of most draft expert’s lists.Others likely to be gone by the time the Jazz pick are Kentucky’s Willie Cauley-Stein, Texas’ Myles Turner, Croatian forward Mario Hezonja and Arizona’s Stanley Johnson.Still, Utah general manager Dennis Lindsey is confident that the Jazz will be able to get a good player, saying, “There are more than 12 good players in this draft.”The most familiar name that might be available for the Jazz is Frank Kaminsky, who won player of the year honors in college basketball this year as he led Wisconsin to the national championship game. The 7-foot-1 Kaminsky has the numbers (18.8 ppg, 8.2 rpg) and was a great interview at the recent Chicago combine. He didn’t play there, and the one negative is that he was the only player whose wingspan was shorter than his height.Kaminsky’s teammate, 6-9 forward Sam Dekker, is also expected to be taken in the top 15 and is known for his athleticism and toughness, although isn’t a great outside shooter.If the Jazz are looking for more long players for defensive purposes, they may be interested in 6-11 UCLA forward Kevon Looney, whose wingspan measured 7 feet 3 inches at the combine in Chicago. He averaged 11.6 points and 9.2 rebounds for the Bruins as a freshman.Another player with a large wingspan is Kansas forward Kelly Oubre, who measured 7-foot-2 at the combine. But he didn’t have great numbers in his only season with the Jayhawks at 9.3 points and 5.0 rebounds per game.A point guard who has been moving up draft boards is Cameron Payne, a 6-2 guard from Murray State, who averaged 20.2 points and 6.0 assists per game.Two other Kentucky players who will likely be available at No. 12 are Trey Lyles, a 6-10 forward and Devin Booker, a 6-6 guard, who is known as a good shooter. Another good shooter is Jerian Grant, a 6-4 point guard out of Notre Dame, who averaged 16.5 ppg and 6.7 assists.If the Jazz are looking for a big man to help inside, they could go with Bobby Portis, a 6-11 forward, who averaged 17.5 ppg and 8.9 rpg for Arkansas.One player who played right in front of the Jazz brass’ noses for two years is Utah’s Delon Wright. He’s projected by some as a “nice backup” in the league, but although the Jazz need help at the point guard spot, it may not be worth a No. 12 pick for someone who is expected to go between picks 20 and 30. Also, Wright’s biggest deficiency is his shooting, which is something the Jazz are looking to improve.Lindsey couldn’t talk about specific players, but when asked what qualities he looks for in a player, he said, “Committed, serious, tough, smart . . . we’ve tried to be true to the Jazz historical DNA and we’ll be very mindful of the person. We’ll also look at health and their character.’’ Utah Jazz: Ranking the best No. 12 picks in NBA draft historycenter_img Warriors rally past Rockets 110-106 in Game 1 of West finals Draft options for the Utah Jazzlast_img read more

Venus Williams showcases fashion line, tennis at Garden

first_imgThe EleVen by Venus collection will be worn by ball girls and ushers at the BNP Paribas Showdown on Monday night at Madison Square Garden.“(We) have the opportunity to outfit everyone, and it’s just a win-win,” Williams said in a recent phone interview with The Associated Press.Showdown founder Jerry Solomon and Williams decided to showcase her active wear, featuring berry colors and classic black and white. Vince Camuto sportswear will outfit the male staffers at the 10th anniversary of the event on World Tennis Day.“We have always been more than a night of tennis,” Solomon said.At the Garden, Williams will play French Open champion Garbine Muguruza in an exhibition with a team tennis format of “The Americas vs The World.”She’ll join Juan Martin del Potro in doubles against Muguruza and Kei Nishikori. Andy Roddick faces Lleyton Hewitt and Jack Sock takes on Nick Kyrgios.FILE – In this Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, file photo, United States’ Venus Williams reacts after missing a shot against sister Serena during the women’s singles final at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)Here are some things to know about Williams, who frequently travels with her gray Havanese dog Harold, enjoys singing karaoke and looks forward to the French Open, where she’ll extend her record as all-time leader in Grand Slam appearances to 74.OFF COURTWilliams has a busy life off the court, working toward her master’s degree in interior architecture for her VStarr Interiors company and as part-owner of the Miami Dolphins with her sister Serena.She relaunched EleVen in 2012 after dealing with distribution issues during the recession. Paragon Sports in New York, which hosted the fashion show, and other stores and tennis clubs will sell her line of tennis, yoga and active throughout the year.“I’m fully on the case, my hands are all involved in design,” said Williams, who earned a degree in fashion design at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. “That’s what makes obviously EleVen very EleVen, it has my point of view.”She says the tricky part is coming up with a new selection of hues.“It feels like you’ve used every color already,” she said, laughing. “Let’s try to find a color that people like to wear that we haven’t used already.”VETERAN SMARTSWilliams needed all the savvy of a 36-year-old veteran to reach the Australian Open final in January, competing for the title for the first time in 14 years. She lost to Serena, but the seven-time Grand Slam singles winner seems to especially savor those moments.“It was great, I played against a lot of players who were very worthy of being in that final two,” Venus said. “So I was pretty delighted to be there.”Now ranked No. 13, she’ll play this week at Indian Wells, California, followed by the Miami Open near her backyard of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.She’s experienced the roller coast of fatigue with Sjogren’s Syndrome, diagnosed in 2011. After the Australian Open, she lost in the first round of the St. Petersburg Open and acknowledged she wasn’t feeling her best.RIGHT COACHAll the while, she’s maintained a steady decade-plus coaching relationship with Dave Witt.“I think we have very similar temperaments, we’re very laid back,” Williams said. “If it’s working, don’t fix it.”She says her game has evolved since turning pro at 14 in 1994.“You have to improve to be competitive,” Williams said. “I think my mental game has improved the most, trying to be stronger mentally and physically. Just a lot more time in the gym increasingly is crucial.”SOCIAL VOICEWilliams has 1.66 million followers on Twitter, which features a photo of Harold, posts on keeping girls in sports and her cover story on entrepreneurship in Inc. magazine.Williams helped bring equal prize money to the Grand Slam tournaments in 2007, urging Wimbledon to finally give athletes of both genders the same paycheck.She’s also an investor in Ellevest, which helps women with investment strategies.Williams recently joined the #StandUp movement, saying in a video on Twitter: “I’m standing up against inequality and I am standing up for constant positive change, embetterment and for love in this world.”AIMING FOR 40?Williams has talked about possibly playing in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, when she’d be 40. Billie Jean King played until 40 and Martina Navratilova won the U.S. Open mixed doubles title at 49.She attributes her longevity to “lots of prayer” and passion for the game.“You have to love it, it’s a lot of work,” Williams said. “If you feel like you have more to give, the heart is in it, that makes it pretty easy to get out there and pay the price.”___Online: https://elevenbyvenuswilliams.com/,The EleVen by Venus collection will be worn by ball girls and ushers at the BNP Paribas Showdown on Monday night at Madison Square Garden.“(We) have the opportunity to outfit everyone, and it’s just a win-win,” Williams said in a recent phone interview with The Associated Press.Showdown founder Jerry Solomon and Williams decided to showcase her active wear, featuring berry colors and classic black and white. Vince Camuto sportswear will outfit the male staffers at the 10th anniversary of the event on World Tennis Day.“We have always been more than a night of tennis,” Solomon said.At the Garden, Williams will play French Open champion Garbine Muguruza in an exhibition with a team tennis format of “The Americas vs The World.”She’ll join Juan Martin del Potro in doubles against Muguruza and Kei Nishikori. Andy Roddick faces Lleyton Hewitt and Jack Sock takes on Nick Kyrgios.FILE – In this Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, file photo, United States’ Venus Williams reacts after missing a shot against sister Serena during the women’s singles final at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)Here are some things to know about Williams, who frequently travels with her gray Havanese dog Harold, enjoys singing karaoke and looks forward to the French Open, where she’ll extend her record as all-time leader in Grand Slam appearances to 74.OFF COURTWilliams has a busy life off the court, working toward her master’s degree in interior architecture for her VStarr Interiors company and as part-owner of the Miami Dolphins with her sister Serena.She relaunched EleVen in 2012 after dealing with distribution issues during the recession. Paragon Sports in New York, which hosted the fashion show, and other stores and tennis clubs will sell her line of tennis, yoga and active throughout the year.“I’m fully on the case, my hands are all involved in design,” said Williams, who earned a degree in fashion design at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. “That’s what makes obviously EleVen very EleVen, it has my point of view.”She says the tricky part is coming up with a new selection of hues.“It feels like you’ve used every color already,” she said, laughing. “Let’s try to find a color that people like to wear that we haven’t used already.”VETERAN SMARTSWilliams needed all the savvy of a 36-year-old veteran to reach the Australian Open final in January, competing for the title for the first time in 14 years. She lost to Serena, but the seven-time Grand Slam singles winner seems to especially savor those moments.“It was great, I played against a lot of players who were very worthy of being in that final two,” Venus said. “So I was pretty delighted to be there.”Now ranked No. 13, she’ll play this week at Indian Wells, California, followed by the Miami Open near her backyard of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.She’s experienced the roller coast of fatigue with Sjogren’s Syndrome, diagnosed in 2011. After the Australian Open, she lost in the first round of the St. Petersburg Open and acknowledged she wasn’t feeling her best.RIGHT COACHAll the while, she’s maintained a steady decade-plus coaching relationship with Dave Witt.“I think we have very similar temperaments, we’re very laid back,” Williams said. “If it’s working, don’t fix it.”She says her game has evolved since turning pro at 14 in 1994.“You have to improve to be competitive,” Williams said. “I think my mental game has improved the most, trying to be stronger mentally and physically. Just a lot more time in the gym increasingly is crucial.”SOCIAL VOICEWilliams has 1.66 million followers on Twitter, which features a photo of Harold, posts on keeping girls in sports and her cover story on entrepreneurship in Inc. magazine.Williams helped bring equal prize money to the Grand Slam tournaments in 2007, urging Wimbledon to finally give athletes of both genders the same paycheck.She’s also an investor in Ellevest, which helps women with investment strategies.Williams recently joined the #StandUp movement, saying in a video on Twitter: “I’m standing up against inequality and I am standing up for constant positive change, embetterment and for love in this world.”AIMING FOR 40?Williams has talked about possibly playing in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, when she’d be 40. Billie Jean King played until 40 and Martina Navratilova won the U.S. Open mixed doubles title at 49.She attributes her longevity to “lots of prayer” and passion for the game.“You have to love it, it’s a lot of work,” Williams said. “If you feel like you have more to give, the heart is in it, that makes it pretty easy to get out there and pay the price.”___Online: https://elevenbyvenuswilliams.com/ In this Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, file photo, United States’ Venus Williams answers a question at a press conference following her loss to sister Serena in the women’s singles final at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia.  (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)NEW YORK (AP) — Venus Williams chatted with fans and autographed balls at a low-key fashion show on Sunday, highlighting her spring tennis clothing line.last_img read more

Texas pays $600,000 to settle Kearney discrimination lawsuit

first_imgIn this March 31, 2011 file photo, then-Texas women’s head track and field coach Beverly Kearney is photographed during practice in Austin, Texas. A race and gender discrimination lawsuit filed against the University of Texas by former women’s track coach Bev Kearney can proceed, a state appeals court ruled Tuesday, May 3, 2016. (AP Photo/Statesman.com, Ralph Barrera, File)  AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The University of Texas agreed to pay $600,000 to settle former women’s track coach Bev Kearney’s race and gender discrimination lawsuit, according to documents released Monday. Kearney and the school agreed to settle her nearly five-year-old lawsuit in June. Terms were released following public records requests from The Associated Press and other media outlets.Kearney will receive about $277,450 with the rest going to her attorneys.Kearney was forced out of her job in 2013 after the school learned she had a relationship with an athlete a decade earlier. Kearney, who is Black, had claimed she was treated differently than former Texas assistant football coach Major Applewhite, who was allowed to keep his job and was later promoted after the school learned he had a relationship with a student trainer on a bowl trip. Applewhite is now the head coach at Houston.The settlement stipulates the money will be paid by the Texas athletic department. It also requires the two sides to make no comment beyond acknowledging the settlement was reached.Kearney’s original lawsuit sought at least $1 million and financial records previously reviewed by the AP showed the university had spent more than $500,000 defending the case.The deal keeps confidential any records or testimony collected in the case, including depositions from Applewhite, former Texas football coach Mack Brown, former school President Bill Powers, former athletic director DeLoss Dodds as well current and former employees in the office that investigates sexual harassment and assault.Kearney won six national championships (three indoor, three outdoor) while at Texas. School officials have previously said they were justified in removing her after 20 years with the Longhorns because the relationship with one of her athletes “crossed a line.”Her lawsuit argued the school had been much softer with its discipline of Applewhite for his behavior with the student trainer on the trip to the Fiesta Bowl after the 2008 season. Applewhite, a popular former Longhorns quarterback, was ordered to undergo counseling but stayed on staff until Brown was forced out after the 2013 season.Kearney was one of the most successful women’s track coaches in the country and was considered for a significant raise in 2012 until the 2002 relationship with one of her runners was reported to school officials. She now lives in California.Kearney’s lawyers had questioned why the school publicly announced Kearney’s discipline, but Applewhite’s incident, which school officials called consensual, didn’t surface until nearly five years later when the Daily Texan student newspaper filed a public records request for his personnel file. University regents said they didn’t know about the Applewhite incident until 2013.last_img read more

New firies on hand

first_imgForest Fire Management Victoria’s (FFMVic ) new seasonal firefighters will be ready to respond to bushfires this summer following their…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription. By Jessica Anstice last_img

Nelson’s Noah Quinn commits to Cranbrook Bucks of BCHL

first_imgThe Cranbrook Bucks, the latest addition to the BC Junior Hockey League family, recently announced the addition of a Nelson Minor Hockey Association graduate to the roster.The Bucks announced that Nelson native Noah Quinn has committed to the team for the 2020-2021 season.“Noah is a tremendous addition for our program at this time and is a young man with an enormous amount of potential,” said Head Coach and General Manager Ryan Donald on the Bucks’ website.“He led his team in goals, assists and points last season as a 16-year-old, and is a player that we believe will be able to produce offense at the BCHL level.”Quinn played last season for Kootenay of the BC Major Midget Hockey League, tallying 21 goals and 21 assists for 42 points in 40 games.The 16-year-old from Nelson also was selected January player of the month honors in the BCMML. “(Noah)will be expected to contribute in all areas of the game for us at a young age, and we look forward to helping him achieve his goals as a hockey player,” Donald added. “Being a product of the Kootenay Midget program is an added bonus, as we know he will find Cranbrook a great place to call home.”The Cranbrook Bucks wish to welcome Noah to the organization and the City of Cranbrook. In October 2019, the Cranbrook Bucks became the league’s 18th team in the BCHL.The Bucks will begin play in the 2020-21 season, playing out of Western Financial Place in Cranbrook. The Western Financial Place is the former home of the Western Hockey League Kootenay Ice.Earlier in 2019, the Ice announced the team was moving to Winnipeg. Ice owners had purchased the team from Edmonton’s Chynoweth family prior to the 2017-18 season. The Chynoweth family had relocated the team to Cranbrook from Edmonton, AB in 1998.last_img read more

Cheltenham Day One Preview

first_imgAudio Playerhttps://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/gbfm.podcasts/CHELTHENHAM+DAY+ONE.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Looking Forward to Day One is George McDonagh The Feature Race on Day One of the Cheltenham Festival is the Champion Hurdle.last_img

Women’s Basketball: Feb. 8 Scoreboard

first_imgNorthwestern State snapped Nicholls’ five-game winning streak Saturday with a 76-60 win in Natchitoches, La. The Lady Demons rebounded from a tough Thursday night loss to McNeese State to stay three games behind first-place Central Arkansas, which defeated New Orleans on ESPN3. In other league action, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi used a late basket to get past Abilene Christian, Oral Roberts held off Southeastern Louisiana, Houston Baptist outlasted UIW, Lamar defeated Sam Houston State and Stephen F. Austin beat McNeese State.Northwestern State 76, Nicholls 60NATCHITOCHES, La. – A stellar 64 percent shooting performance in the first half coupled with 13 points from Trudy Armstead in the second half led the Northwestern State women’s basketball team to a 76-60 victory over Nicholls Saturday afternoon at Prather Coliseum in Southland Conference action.  |  Read More  |  Nicholls RecapTexas A&M-Corpus Christi 74, Abilene Christian 71ABILENE, Texas – The Texas A&M – Corpus Christi women’s basketball team came away with a close win on the road. This time it was a 74-71 victory against Abilene Christian in the Moody Coliseum, with a rebound on a missed free throw with three seconds left sealing the win for the visitors.  |  Read More  |  ACU RecapOral Roberts 81, Southeastern Louisiana 78TULSA, Okla. – Senior Christian Key connected on a 35-foot buzzer-beater as time expired to lead Oral Roberts University past Southeastern Louisiana, 81-78, on Saturday afternoon at the Mabee Center.  |  Read More  |  SLU RecapHouston Baptist 70, UIW 65SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Junior guard Rachel Arthur scored 20 points – one shy of tying her career high – as HBU women’s basketball bounced back from Thursday’s loss to defeat Incarnate Word, 70-65, Saturday afternoon from McDermott Center.  |  Read More  |  UIW RecapLamar 70, Sam Houston State 45HUNTSVILLE, Texas –Freshman Kiandra Bowers posted her second career double-double to lead the Lamar University Lady Cardinals to a convincing 70-45 win over host Sam Houston State in a Southland Conference women’s basketball game Saturday afternoon.  |  Read More  |  Sam Houston RecapStephen F. Austin 69, McNeese State 49NACOGDOCHES, Texas – After a heart-breaking loss in double-overtime on Thursday, the Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks responded with a victory over McNeese State on Saturday. The Ladyjacks defeated the Cowgirls 69-49 with another stellar shooting performance.  |  Read More  |  McNeese RecapCentral Arkansas 62, New Orleans 30CONWAY, Ark. – Maggie Proffitt and Courtney Duever combined for 36 points on Saturday, and that alone was enough to defeat New Orleans – though the Sugar Bears got plenty of help elsewhere as they cruised to a 62-30 win over the Privateers in a record-setting defensive performance.  |  Read More  |  UNO Recaplast_img read more

Celebrate with Virgin Australia its ten-years to the US with chance to win flights.

first_imgThe Virgin Australia crew for the first US flight How times flies and to prove the point, Virgin Australia reminds us that it launched its inaugural flight between Sydney and Los Angeles in 2009.Since arriving at LAX airport for the very first time, Virgin Australia has now flown 4.1 million passengers to and from Los Angeles from Australian cities on almost 14,500 flights.To celebrate an entire decade since Virgin Australia first said G’day to the USA, the airline is giving Aussies the chance to win flights and two nights’ accommodation for you and three mates to live the life in LA.Virgin Australia.Virgin Australia crew celebrating 10 years of flights to the US.The airline just wants you to also flashback and show how far you have come in ten years in the fashion stakes.READ: Virgin ahead of the pack in long-haul economyREAD: Virgin Crew voted the bestYou just need to post a picture of you in your fashion beast ten years ago with the hashtags #YoureA10 and #VirginAustralia and you will be in the running! It’s just that easy. And just to remind us how far Australia has come Virgin Australia reminds us that:Kevin Rudd was Prime Minister of AustraliaThe iPhone 3GS launchedWe were glued to our TV’s watching Gossip GirlPeanut Butter was the crazeNeon was everything, and so were thin eyebrows and gladiator sandalsThe top song of the year on Australia’s charts was ‘I Gotta Feeling’ by The Black Eyed PeasVirgin Australia had almost 6,000 employeesVirgin Australia’s loyalty program, Velocity Frequent Flyer, had 1.8 million membersTen years later, here’s how 2019 is shaping up:Australia has had seven more Prime MinistersThe iPhone 10S is now the latest model iPhoneGame of Thrones season 8 is about to dropThe current top song is ‘7 rings’ by Ariana GrandeWe love Peanut Butter more than everAustralians will be wearing tie-dye, fancy flats, and sensible shortsVirgin Australia now has almost its entire fleet enabled with WiFiVirgin Australia flies to over 50 destinations domestically and internationally and 465 destinations globally via our codeshare partnersVirgin Australia has over 10,000 employeesThe Velocity Frequent Flyer program now has over 9 million memberslast_img read more

Reality Digital: YouTube for Businesses

first_imgReality Digital is an online video and socialnetworking platform for business websites, for example those with a media andentertainment focus. Crudely put, Reality Digital enables businesses to set up their ownbranded YouTube. They view their competition as being the likes of VideoEgg, VidaVee,BlipTV – which are all video publishing platforms with social networking aspects. Plus ofcourse they’re kind of competing with YouTube itself, as increasingly businesses aredistributing marketing campaigns and messages via YouTube.I spoke to Reality Digital CEO Cynthia Francis to find out more about their product.But first a look at the features…Reality Digital is a video production and sharing platform, designed for businesses –an example is the website for the popular CBS tv show Survivor, which uses theReality Digital platform. Also part of the product is blogging, forums, an admindashboard and an advertising portion called Opus AdCel (which they are patenting). Blogsand forums have only just been added to the product. Their business model is being an ASP(application service provider), so Reality Digital hosts everything for theircustomers. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market I can certainly see the appeal of aYouTube-like platform for businesses who want to get a social community going, basedaround their own products or brand. One differentiating feature of a product like Reality Digital, compared to a YouTube,is that the business using the platform can optionally control what “user generatedcontent” ends up on the site – via their admin dashboard, where they can review contentand comments etc before they go live. You won’t find that kind of control happening on a consumerproduct like YouTube – where user freedom prevails. But with a business brand, which isserving up ads against the content and so wants to monitor quality, it could be adefining feature.center_img CEO Cynthia Francis told me that as well as media and entertainment businesses,they’re also targeting travel, retail and communities of shared interest (musicians,political junkies, foodies, dog lovers, hikers, etc).In terms of the user experience, end-users can watch the videos on the usual videoplayers (Quicktime, Real, Windows Media). An example I checked out is AddictingClips, which is a product of AtomEntertainment (acquired in Augustthis year by Viacom/MTV). It has the same features you’ll find on any other videosharing site, so there’s nothing spectacular to report in terms of features. TheAddictingClips website is also a fairly plain design and I didn’t find the video viewingexperience very compelling, but what it does do is fit into the Atom Entertainment brand – and so it probably meets their users’ expectations. Tags:#Video Services#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… richard macmanuslast_img read more

House Democrats wrestle with White House over investigations

first_img(AP) — The struggle between House Democrats and the Trump administration over investigations intensified as a former White House official defied a subpoena and the Treasury Department ignored a deadline for providing President Donald Trump’s tax returns.Rep. Elijah Cummings, the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, said the White House has adopted the “untenable” position that it can ignore requests from the Democratic majority in the House.“It appears that the president believes that the Constitution does not apply to his White House, that he may order officials at will to violate their legal obligations, and that he may obstruct attempts by Congress to conduct oversight,” Cummings, D-Md., said in a statement.Cummings was specifically referring to Carl Kline, a former White House personnel security director, who was subpoenaed by Democrats.Kline did not show up Tuesday for a scheduled deposition, and Cummings said he is consulting with other lawmakers and staff about scheduling a vote to hold Kline in contempt of Congress. The committee subpoenaed Kline after one of his former subordinates told the panel that dozens of people in Trump’s administration were granted security clearances despite “disqualifying issues” in their backgrounds.Trump said he doesn’t want former or current aides testifying in Congress, “where it’s very partisan — obviously very partisan.”Trump told The Washington Post in an interview published Tuesday night, “I don’t want people testifying to a party, because that is what they’re doing if they do this.”Meanwhile, the administration on Tuesday defied a demand from Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal, D-Mass., to turn over six years of Trump’s tax returns by the close of business — a strong signal that they intend to reject the request. In a letter to Neal, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin asked for more time and said he would give the panel a final decision by May 6.Mnuchin wrote Neal that he is consulting with the Justice Department “due to the serious constitutional questions raised by this request and the serious consequences that a resolution of those questions could have for taxpayer privacy.”Neal hasn’t announced next steps, but he could opt to issue a subpoena to enforce his demand, sent under a 1924 law that requires the Treasury secretary to furnish any tax return requested by a handful of lawmakers with responsibility over the IRS.The fight over Kline’s appearance comes as the White House has stonewalled the oversight panel in several different investigations. On Monday, Trump and his business organization sued Cummings to block a subpoena that seeks years of the president’s financial records. The complaint, filed in federal court in Washington, said a subpoena from Cummings “has no legitimate legislative purpose” and accused Democrats of harassing Trump.Cummings said the White House “has refused to produce a single piece of paper or a single witness” in any of the panel’s investigations this year. Democrats took control of the House in January.Rudy Giuliani, one of Trump’s personal attorneys, said he would force the issue into court by ignoring House Democrats’ document requests.“They can’t investigate his taxes better than the IRS. They want his taxes to embarrass him,” Giuliani said Wednesday on “Fox and Friends.” ”That’s why a court has a very good chance of ruling this is obstructive, this is harassment, this is not the proper use of legislative power, but fight every subpoena. They are entitled to nothing. This is like the judge saying ‘I’m going to hang you, but let’s have a little trial first.’”The back and forth over Kline’s testimony played out in a series of letters over the past month between the White House, the oversight committee and Kline’s lawyer. The White House demanded that one of its lawyers attend the deposition to ensure executive privilege was protected, but Cummings rejected that request. The White House then ordered Kline, who now works at the Pentagon, to defy the subpoena.Cummings said the committee has for years required that witnesses are represented only by their own counsel.“There are obvious reasons we need to conduct our investigations of agency malfeasance without representatives of the office under investigation,” Cummings said in a statement.A spokesman for the top Republican on the oversight panel, Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, said Cummings was choosing confrontation over cooperation.“Chairman Cummings rushed to a subpoena in his insatiable quest to sully the White House,” said Russell Dye.The oversight panel has been investigating security clearances issued to senior officials, including Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner, former national security adviser Michael Flynn and former White House aide Rob Porter.Tricia Newbold, an 18-year government employee who oversaw the issuance of clearances for some senior White House aides, told the committee earlier this year that she compiled a list of at least 25 officials who were initially denied security clearances last year because of their backgrounds. But she said senior Trump aides overturned those decisions, moves she said weren’t made “in the best interest of national security.”According to a committee memo, Newbold said the disqualifying issues included foreign influence, conflicts of interest, financial problems, drug use, personal conduct and criminal conduct.Newbold said she raised her concerns up the chain of command in the White House to no avail. Instead, she said, the White House retaliated, suspending her in January for 14 days without pay for not following a new policy requiring that documents be scanned as separate PDF files rather than one single PDF file. Kline was Newbold’s supervisor.Newbold said when she returned to work in February, she was cut out of the security clearance process and removed from a supervisory responsibility.last_img read more