Sunday Shows preview: Debate over memo takes spotlight in Washington

Sunday Shows preview: Debate over memo takes spotlight in Washington
© Greg Nash

The release of the contentious memo by Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee on Friday underscored the partisan firestorm swirling around the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpRand's reversal advances Pompeo New allegations could threaten Trump VA pick: reports President Trump puts on the pageantry for Macron’s visit MORE declared Saturday that the memo, which alleges abuses by the FBI and Justice Department in obtaining a surveillance order on a former Trump campaign adviser, "totally vindicates" him in the Russia probe.

But Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee argue that the document fails to disclose the full scope of the Justice Department's warrant application and intentionally omits facts that would put the matter in the proper context.

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They're pushing to release their own memo on the subject — a rebuttal they say would reveal the partisan nature of the GOP document and knock down allegations that FBI and Justice Department officials acted inappropriately.

The GOP memo alleges that federal law enforcement officials relied heavily on a controversial opposition research dossier in their application for a warrant to surveil Carter Page, a former foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign.

According to the memo, the Justice Department failed to disclose that the research contained in the dossier was financed by political sources, and that its author, a former British intelligence agent, was biased against Trump. 

Now, House Intelligence Committee members from both sides of the aisle are set to take to the Sunday morning news shows to discuss the GOP memo and the future of the Russia investigation. 

On the Democratic side, Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffOvernight Defense: Trump steps up fight with California over guard deployment | Heitkamp is first Dem to back Pompeo for State | Dems question legality of Syria strikes Top Dems demand answers from Trump over legality of Syria strikes New York seeks authority to prosecute despite presidential pardons MORE (D-Calif.), the ranking member on the Intelligence panel, will appear on ABC's "This Week." Two other Intelligence Committee Democrats, Reps. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellHouse Dem wants floor vote on bill to protect Mueller from Trump March for Our Lives to leave empty seats for lawmakers at town halls Dem rep: Trump congratulating Putin is 'like congratulating the Harlem Globetrotters' MORE (Calif.) and Jim HimesJames (Jim) Andres HimesDem lawmaker: People will 'rot in hell' for attacking Mueller and Comey Dem rep: To call Mueller probe a witch hunt is ‘to be completely unhinged’ Overnight Cybersecurity: House Intel votes to release Russia report | House lawmakers demand Zuckerberg testify | Senators unveil updated election cyber bill MORE (Conn.), are set to go on "Fox News Sunday" and CNN's "State of the Union" respectively.

At the same time, Rep. Trey GowdyHarold (Trey) Watson GowdyGOP chairmen say they have deal with Justice on documents Overnight Energy: Dems raise new questions about Pruitt's security | EPA rules burning wood is carbon neutral | Fourth GOP lawmaker calls for Pruitt's ouster | Court blocks delay to car efficiency fines Dems: Pruitt’s office security sweep was subpar MORE (R-S.C.) will be on CBS's "Face the Nation," Rep. Chris StewartChristopher (Chris) Douglas StewartGOP rep: Probably time for more regulation on Facebook GOP rep: We’re going to show the CIA ‘got it wrong’ on Russia trying to help Trump Utah GOP wrestles with party purity MORE (R-Utah) will be on "Fox News Sunday," Rep. Brad WenstrupBrad Robert WenstrupThe Memo: Trump doubles down amid some GOP doubts Lawmakers dispute ‘vindication’ for Trump in Intel memo House Intelligence Dem: Use of Steele dossier in FISA application 'small and insignificant' MORE (R-Ohio) will be on "State of the Union" and Rep. Will HurdWilliam Ballard HurdFor departing Ryan, a legacy-making opportunity on immigration McCarthy dismisses push for vote on immigration bills Lawmakers discuss Latino education gap MORE (R-Texas) will be on "This Week." All are members of the House Intelligence Committee.

Here's the full lineup:

NBC's "Meet the Press": Reince PriebusReinhold (Reince) Richard PriebusThe Hill's Morning Report: Inside the Comey memos Memos document Comey's interactions with Trump Trump quipped about ‘putting reporters in jail’ in conversation with Comey MORE, Trump's former chief of staff, will be on the show. Former CIA Director John BrennanJohn Owen BrennanAfter Dems stood against Pompeo, Senate’s confirmation process needs a revamp Ratings show Comey buzz is all hype Brennan confirms he has not been interviewed by Mueller MORE will appear, as well.

"Fox News Sunday": Stewart and Swalwell will both make appearances, as will Leon Panetta, a former CIA director and Defense secretary.

CBS's "Face the Nation": Gowdy will be on. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Health's infectious disease unit, will also make an appearance.

CNN's "State of the Union": Himes and Wenstrup will make appearances. Senate Minority Whip Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinPompeo faces pivotal vote To succeed in Syria, Democrats should not resist Trump policy Hannity, Kimmel, Farrow among Time's '100 Most Influential' MORE (D-Ill.) and Rep. Karen BassKaren Ruth BassDem rep on Trump tweet: ‘An embarrassment on the international stage’ Sunday Shows preview: Debate over memo takes spotlight in Washington Dem rips GOP lawmaker for calling for FBI 'purge': Maybe he needs a history lesson MORE (D-Calif.) will also be on the show.

ABC's "This Week": Schiff and Hurd are set to make appearances.