Sunday shows preview: Senators tout bill to protect Mueller

Sunday shows preview: Senators tout bill to protect Mueller
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A bipartisan pair of senators is hitting the Sunday show circuit this week to promote their bill aimed at protecting special counsel Robert Mueller from being fired by President Trump.

Sens. Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisOvernight Defense: More Trump drama over Russia | Appeals court rules against Trump on transgender ban | Boeing wins Air Force One contract | Military parade to reportedly cost M Deal to fix family separations hits snag in the Senate Senate adds members to pro-NATO group MORE (R-N.C.) and Chris CoonsChristopher (Chris) Andrew CoonsHillicon Valley: EU hits Google with record B fine | Trump tries to clarify Russia remarks | Sinclair changing deal to win over FCC | Election security bill gets traction | Robocall firm exposed voter data Overnight Defense: More Trump drama over Russia | Appeals court rules against Trump on transgender ban | Boeing wins Air Force One contract | Military parade to reportedly cost M Senate resolution backs intelligence community on Russian meddling MORE (D-Del.) will appear on ABC's "This Week" as they seek to garner support for the Special Counsel Integrity Act, which would let Mueller or any special counsel challenge their firing in court. Tillis will also appear on Fox News Sunday.

Tillis said Thursday that the effort "reaffirms our nation’s system of check and balances" and would help ensure "investigatory independence" for special counsels.

Meanwhile, Coons called the legislation "critical" to ensuring the investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia can go forward.

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Trump's attorney Jay Sekulow this week denied that the president was considering firing Mueller, who is leading the federal probe into ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.

In an interview with The New York Times last month, Trump said he wouldn't rule out firing Mueller while warning the special counsel against investigating his family's finances beyond the scope of the Russia probe.

The special counsel investigation has moved into a new phase with the impaneling of a grand jury in Washington, with reports this week that subpoenas have been issued. 

Senior White House adviser Kellyanne Conway is slated to appear on the same program Sunday as Tillis and Coons.

Meanwhile, Sen. Tom CottonThomas (Tom) Bryant CottonBipartisan group introduces retirement savings legislation in Senate Overnight Defense: Fallout from tense NATO summit | Senators push to block ZTE deal in defense bill | Blackwater founder makes new pitch for mercenaries to run Afghan war Hillicon Valley: DOJ appeals AT&T-Time Warner ruling | FBI agent testifies in heated hearing | Uproar after FCC changes rules on consumer complaints | Broadcom makes bid for another US company | Facebook under fire over conspiracy sites MORE (R-Ark.) will appear on CBS' "Face the Nation" in support of his bill rolled out at the White House this week that would dramatically reduce legal immigration to the U.S.

Trump has touted the legislation as "historic," saying Wednesday that the RAISE Act “would represent the most significant reform to our immigration system in a half a century." 

Here's the full Sunday shows lineup:

ABC's "This Week": Sens. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) and Chris Coons (D-Del.) speak about their bill to protect special counsel Mueller. Senior White House adviser Kellyanne Conway also joins the show.

NBC's "Meet the Press": Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeHillicon Valley: EU hits Google with record B fine | Trump tries to clarify Russia remarks | Sinclair changing deal to win over FCC | Election security bill gets traction | Robocall firm exposed voter data Overnight Defense: More Trump drama over Russia | Appeals court rules against Trump on transgender ban | Boeing wins Air Force One contract | Military parade to reportedly cost M Senate resolution backs intelligence community on Russian meddling MORE (R-Ariz.) will speak about his new book attacking the GOP for abandoning conservatism; Gov. Jerry Brown (D-Calif.) will also appear.

CBS' "Face the Nation": Sen. Tom Cotton R-Ark.) speaks about his immigration bill. Govs. John Kasich (R-Ohio) and John Hickenlooper (D-Colo.) will make an appearance, as will former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson who will likely also speak about immigration.

CNN's "State of the Union": Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonJuan Williams: Putin wins as GOP spins GOP senator: Harley-Davidson is right to move some production overseas GOP senator: Trump’s policies doing 'permanent damage' MORE (R-Wis.); Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffDem lawmaker: Putin will take Trump's attack on Mueller probe as 'green light' to interfere in 2018 The Hill's Morning Report — Trump, Putin meet under cloud of Mueller’s Russia indictments Russians' indictment casts shadow ahead of Trump-Putin summit MORE (D-Calif.) of the House Intelligence Committee; Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.).

"Fox News Sunday": Tillis joins the program.