Sunday shows preview: Trump pushes back as Russia probe heats up
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President Trump's legal team and allies will mount a defense of the president during the Sunday shows this week after Trump acknowledged being under investigation for firing FBI Director James Comey.

Jay Sekulow, an attorney on Trump's legal team who was reportedly hired by the White House to push back against special counsel Robert Mueller, will be appearing on nearly every Sunday show this week.

Sekulow, the chief counsel for the conservative American Center for Law & Justice (ACLJ), argued in a Fox News op-ed last Friday that the case against Trump had disintegrated with Comey's testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee this month.

"With his testimony, Comey’s case against President Trump collapsed like a house of cards," Sekulow argued. "Not only did Comey’s testimony clear President Trump – admitting under oath that the President was not under any investigation – his testimony unmasked Comey’s real motivation in all of this."


Sekulow is expected to offer a full-throated defense of Trump on Sunday and cast doubt on Mueller's ability to lead the special counsel investigation, which has reportedly expanded to include preliminary inquiries into possible obstruction of justice. Former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.), a vocal ally of Trump, is also slated to make an appearance.

Also appearing Sunday is Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffGOP strategist confronts ex-Trump staffer: ‘I’m sick of you guys making excuses for him’ Shepard Smith goes after Trump for not condemning Russia in tweets Trump: Why didn't Obama 'do something about Russian meddling?' MORE (Calif.), the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, and Sen. Angus KingAngus Stanley KingLawmakers are failing in duty to respond to the American people Congress fails miserably: For Asian-Americans, immigration proposals are personal attacks GOP senators float fallback plan to protect Dreamers MORE (I-Maine), a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee. Both panels are probing Russia's interference in the election.

Schiff is currently battling committee chair Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), whom he has accused of failing to keep his promise to recuse himself from the House investigation. On Tuesday, Schiff ripped Nunes for his "inexcusable" interference in the probe.

Also appearing on several shows is Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioColbert: Students taking action on gun violence 'give me hope' Lawmakers feel pressure on guns Florida lawmaker's aide fired after claiming shooting survivors were 'actors' MORE (R-Fla.), who appeared with Trump at a Miami rally Friday to roll out the Trump administration's changes to former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaOvernight Energy: Dems ask Pruitt to justify first-class travel | Obama EPA chief says reg rollback won't stand | Ex-adviser expects Trump to eventually rejoin Paris accord Overnight Regulation: Trump to take steps to ban bump stocks | Trump eases rules on insurance sold outside of ObamaCare | FCC to officially rescind net neutrality Thursday | Obama EPA chief: Reg rollback won't stand Ex-US ambassador: Mueller is the one who is tough on Russia MORE's policy on Cuba.

"A year and a half ago, a president, an American president, landed in Havana, to outstretch his hand to a regime," Rubio said Friday. "Today, a new president lands in Miami to reach out his hand to the people of Cuba."

Here's the full Sunday show lineup:

ABC's "This Week": Former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.), Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and Douglas Lute, former U.S. ambassador to NATO.

NBC's "Meet the Press": Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) and Jay Sekulow, a member of President Trump's legal team.

CBS' "Face the Nation": Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersDems ponder gender politics of 2020 nominee 2020 Dem contenders travel to key primary states After Florida school shooting, vows for change but no clear path forward MORE (I-Vt.), Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Sekulow.

CNN's "State of the Union": Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Sekulow.

"Fox News Sunday": Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharOvernight Health Care: Trump eases rules on insurance outside ObamaCare | HHS office on religious rights gets 300 complaints in a month | GOP chair eyes opioid bill vote by Memorial Day Overnight Regulation: Trump to take steps to ban bump stocks | Trump eases rules on insurance sold outside of ObamaCare | FCC to officially rescind net neutrality Thursday | Obama EPA chief: Reg rollback won't stand Dems seek reversal of nursing home regulatory rollback MORE (D-Minn.), Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) and Sekulow.