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 TillisGOP and Dems bitterly divided by immigration Grassley offers DACA fix tied to tough enforcement measures We are running out of time to protect Dreamers MORE (R-N.C.) and Chris CoonsChristopher (Chris) Andrew CoonsSenate ethics panel wants details on sexual harassment allegations American innovation depends on strengthening patents Tax reform and innovation – good news and a cloud 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 CottonTom CottonGOP and Dems bitterly divided by immigration Grassley offers DACA fix tied to tough enforcement measures Five things senators should ask Tom Cotton if he’s nominated to lead the CIA 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 FlakeGOP strategist donates to Alabama Democrat Sasse: RNC help for Roy Moore 'doesn't make any sense' Sasse calls RNC decision to resume support for Moore 'bad' and 'sad' 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 JohnsonOvernight Cybersecurity: Panel pushes agencies on dropping Kaspersky software | NC county won't pay ransom to hackers | Lawmakers sound alarm over ISIS 'cyber caliphate' GOP chairman warns of ISIS's ‘cyber caliphate’ Overnight Finance: House approves motion to go to tax conference — with drama | GOP leaders to consider Dec. 30 spending bill | Justices skeptical of ban on sports betting | Mulvaney won't fire official who sued him MORE (R-Wis.); Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffHouse Democrat slams Donald Trump Jr. for ‘serious case of amnesia’ after testimony Top intel Dem: Trump Jr. refused to answer questions about Trump Tower discussions with father Erik Prince says meeting with Russian banker unrelated to Trump campaign MORE (D-Calif.) of the House Intelligence Committee; Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.).

"Fox News Sunday": Tillis joins the program.