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 SchiffSunday shows preview: Senate healthcare debate heats up Merkley: Trump 'absolutely' tried to intimidate Comey White House refers House panel to Trump's tweets about Comey 'tapes' MORE (Calif.), the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, and Sen. Angus KingAngus KingZinke hits Dems for delaying Interior nominees Angus King: I’m sure Flynn will 'appear before the committee one way or another' GOP senators pleased with Ivanka Trump meeting on family leave, child tax credits 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 RubioWill Republicans stand up to the NRA's insurrection rhetoric? The Hill's Whip List: Senate ObamaCare repeal bill Ivanka Trump turns to House GOP on paid family leave 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 ObamaTrump breaks with tradition, forgoes Ramadan dinner Trump: 'Why no action' from Obama on Russian meddling? Dems look to defense bill to put pressure on Trump 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 SandersBernie SandersSanders: GOP healthcare bill is a 'moral outrage' GOP at decisive moment on Planned Parenthood Chaffetz: Threats against lawmakers should be taken seriously 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 KlobucharGoing national with automatic voter registration Wildfires won't stop at the edge of public land — sustainability policy shouldn't either Klobuchar defends Senate Democrats on Trump nominations MORE (D-Minn.), Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) and Sekulow.