Sunday shows preview: Supreme Court fight in the spotlight

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy's announcement this week that he would retire from the high court at the end of next month sent shockwaves through political and legal circles, as speculation swirled about who President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he doesn't want to use 'adversary' to describe Russia Comey urges Americans to vote for Democrats in midterms Roby wins Alabama GOP runoff, overcoming blowback from Trump criticism MORE could tap for his replacement.

Kennedy's retirement will give Trump the opportunity to appoint his second justice and reshape the nation's highest court for generations. 

Kennedy, 81, was often seen as the swing vote during his 30-year tenure on the bench. But Trump could move to appoint a much more reliable conservative. 

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In the immediate aftermath of Kennedy's announcement on Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOvernight Defense: Trump tries to quell Russia furor | GOP looks to reassure NATO | Mattis open to meeting Russian counterpart Senate weighs new Russia response amid Trump backlash House passes bipartisan bill to boost business investment MORE vowed to hold a vote on a new Supreme Court nominee in the fall.

Top Senate Democrats swiftly pushed back against that timeline, urging McConnell to follow the precedent that he set in 2016 following the death of Justice Antonin Scalia and wait until after the November elections to hold a vote on Trump's eventual nominee.

Trump said Friday that he has winnowed down his list of possible Supreme Court nominees to five names, including two women. He said he plans to announce his pick on July 9.

The president met on Thursday night with Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleySenate GOP poised to break record on Trump's court picks This week: GOP mulls vote on ‘abolish ICE’ legislation Kavanaugh paper chase heats up MORE (R-Iowa) and two key Republican swing votes, Sens. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiThis week: GOP mulls vote on ‘abolish ICE’ legislation Dem infighting erupts over Supreme Court pick McConnell: Senate to confirm Kavanaugh by Oct. 1 MORE (Alaska) and Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsSenate weighs new Russia response amid Trump backlash This week: GOP mulls vote on ‘abolish ICE’ legislation Dem infighting erupts over Supreme Court pick MORE (Maine).

Trump also met with three red-state Democrats facing re-election this year: Sens. Joe Manchin (W.Va.), Heidi HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn HeitkampSenate Dems build huge cash edge in battlegrounds Bipartisan group introduces retirement savings legislation in Senate Fed chief lays out risks of trade war MORE (N.D.) and Joe DonnellyJoseph (Joe) Simon DonnellySenate Dems build huge cash edge in battlegrounds Fed chief lays out risks of trade war Doug Jones walks tightrope on Supreme Court nominee MORE (Ind.).

The looming fight over Trump's next Supreme Court pick is poised to be a key topic of discussion on the Sunday news shows, with Collins set to appear on ABC's "This Week" and CNN's "State of the Union."

Senate Minority Whip Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinSenate Dems press for info on any deals from Trump-Putin meeting Too many Americans go to prison but Congress can fix this problem This week: GOP mulls vote on ‘abolish ICE’ legislation MORE (D-Ill.), who has called for the Senate to wait until after the November elections to confirm Trump's nominee, is also expected to go on "Fox News Sunday," along with Leonard Leo, the executive vice president of the Federalist Society, an influential conservative group that will likely play a key role in helping Trump pick his replacement for Kennedy.

Here's the full lineup:

NBC's "Meet the Press": Sens. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamKelly lobbied Republicans to rebuke Trump after Putin press conference: report Senate weighs new Russia response amid Trump backlash Trump stuns the world at Putin summit MORE (R-S.C.) and Maria CantwellMaria Elaine CantwellPoll: Majority of Americans support Roe v. Wade The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by Better Medicare Alliance — Protests and anger: Washington in turmoil as elections near Dem senator says Supreme Court vote could be 'career ending' for lawmakers MORE (D-Wash) will appear on the show, as will Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a political newcomer who defeated top-ranking Democratic Rep. Joe CrowleyJoseph (Joe) CrowleyOcasio-Cortez draws ire from Democrats: ‘Meteors fizz out’ Crowley reflects on primary defeat: 'This loss is on me' Sunday shows preview: Trump readies for meeting with Putin MORE (N.Y.) unexpectedly in a New York Democratic primary race on Tuesday.

"Fox News Sunday": National security adviser John Bolton will be on. So will Durbin and Leo.

CBS's "Face the Nation": Bolton will make an appearance. He'll be joined by Sens. Pat ToomeyPatrick (Pat) Joseph ToomeyOvernight Defense: Pick for South Korean envoy splits with Trump on nuclear threat | McCain blasts move to suspend Korean military exercises | White House defends Trump salute of North Korean general WH backpedals on Trump's 'due process' remark on guns Top GOP candidate drops out of Ohio Senate race MORE (R-Pa.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), as well as former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Roberta Jackson. Mark Salter, the co-author with Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainPence, Pompeo urged Trump to clarify Russia remarks: report GOP lawmaker renews call for Trump to release tax returns after Putin summit House conservatives criticize media, not Trump, for Putin furor MORE (R-Ariz.) of "The Restless Wave," will also be on.

CNN's "State of the Union": Collins and Sen. Tammy DuckworthLadda (Tammy) Tammy DuckworthLawmakers press Trump admin for list of migrant kids separated from families The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by Better Medicare Alliance — Protests and anger: Washington in turmoil as elections near Ocasio-Cortez responds to Dem senator who said policies 'too far to the left' don't win in Midwest MORE (D-Ill.) are set to appear on the program.

ABC's "This Week": Collins and Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharSenate Dems protest vote on controversial court pick Hillicon Valley: Trump tries to quell Russia furor | Sparks fly at hearing on social media | First House Republican backs net neutrality bill | Meet the DNC's cyber guru | Sinclair defiant after merger setback Booker seizes on Kavanaugh confirmation fight MORE (D-Minn.) will be on the show.