Sunday shows preview: Trump taps acting attorney general to lead Justice Department

Sunday shows preview: Trump taps acting attorney general to lead Justice Department
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Joining the Sunday news shows this week is one of President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Freedom Caucus calls for Congress to work on shutdown through break Democrat previews Mueller questions for Trump’s AG nominee Trump inaugural committee spent ,000 on makeup for aides: report MORE's reported top potential replacements for Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsThe Supreme Court shouldn’t do the president’s dirty work to end DACA Rosenstein, DOJ exploring ways to more easily spy on journalists Trump AG nominee to say Congress, public should know results of Mueller probe MORE: former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), who also headed the president's White House transition last year.

Christie will join ABC's "This Week," where two ranking Democrats on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and House Judiciary Committee will also appear, likely to address Sessions' firing and special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

Trump fired Sessions just a day after Democrats retook the House of Representatives in Tuesday's midterm elections, sparking rumors about the future of the Mueller investigation into Russian election interference.

The administration told reporters this week that Matthew Whitaker, Sessions' former chief of staff, would assume the position of acting attorney general while the Senate confirmed a replacement.


Whitaker's views on the special counsel investigation, which he has referred to as a "lynch mob," came under fire in recent days as has his opinions on the power of the judiciary.

Sessions' departure set off a flurry of speculation as to who the president would pick to replace the former Alabama senator at the DOJ, where the Mueller investigation has frequently been the target of Trump's public criticism in recent months.

Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffDems zero in on Trump and Russia Schiff floats possibility of renewing demand for interpreter's notes from Trump-Putin meeting Top Dems raise obstruction, intimidation in blasting Trump comments on Cohen MORE (D-Calif.), of the House Intelligence Committee, will also appear on NBC's Meet The Press to discuss the investigation.

White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayTrump’s polls sag amid wall fight George Conway: Nothing Trump says 'can be taken at face value' Sarah Sanders and CNN's Acosta trade barbs over border visit MORE will appear on "Fox News Sunday" as well as ABC, where she will likely face questions on Trump's firing of Sessions and attitude towards the incoming Democratic majority in the House. The House Minority Leader, Rep. Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiSenators restart shutdown talks — and quickly hit roadblocks On The Money: Shutdown hits Day 24 | Trump touts need for wall in speech to farmers | Poll numbers sag | House Dems push stopgap bills | How the shutdown could harm the economy | TSA absences raise stakes for deal Feehery: Current shutdown impasse is a fight over peanuts MORE (D-Calif.), will meanwhile appear on CBS' "Face the Nation."

Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R), who this week announced a lawsuit over vote counting efforts in his state as his lead in Florida's too-close-to-call Senate race grows tighter, will appear on Fox News to discuss his lawsuit and ongoing vote tabulation efforts in Florida, home to two prominent uncalled races.

Here's the full lineup:

CNN's "State of the Union": Sens. Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerSenators restart shutdown talks — and quickly hit roadblocks Marijuana industry boosts DC lobbying team Congress poised to push back at Trump on Saudi Arabia, Syria MORE (D-Colo.) and Chuck SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerDemocrats are facing political consequences over shutdown The Supreme Court shouldn’t do the president’s dirty work to end DACA Scalise: Trump wants Congress to solve shutdown problem MORE (D-N.Y.), Reps. Jerry NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerTop Dem: ‘I expect the president to lie to the American people’ in primetime address 2019 is going to be a tough year for Nancy Pelosi GOP rep says Dems will impeach Trump MORE (D-N.Y.) and Cheri BustosCheryl (Cheri) Lea BustosDem rep: ‘Partial wall’ is fine The 15 Democrats who voted against Pelosi Justice Democrats fire back at Bustos over comments on primary challenges MORE (D-Ill.).

"Fox News Sunday": White House counselor Kellyanne Conway; Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R).

NBC's "Meet the Press": Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Reps.-elect Elissa Slotkin (D-Mich.) and Lauren Underwood (D-Ill.).

ABC's "This Week": Reps. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsOvernight Health Care: House Dems launch major drug pricing investigation | Judge blocks Trump contraception rule rollback | Booker tries to shake doubts about pharmaceutical ties ahead of 2020 | FDA to resume high-risk food inspections Overnight Defense: Trump rejects Graham call to end shutdown | Coast Guard on track to miss Tuesday paychecks | Dems eye Trump, Russia probes | Trump talks with Erdogan after making threat to Turkey's economy Dems zero in on Trump and Russia MORE D-(Md.) and Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), White House counselor Kellyanne Conway; former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R).

CBS's "Face the Nation": Sens. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzRepublicans seek to temper fallout from latest Russia bombshells Cruz says Americans outside Beltway unconcerned with Mueller investigation Cruz condemns King's white supremacy remark: 'It was stupid' and 'he needs to stop' MORE (R-Texas) and Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamDemocrat previews Mueller questions for Trump’s AG nominee Senators restart shutdown talks — and quickly hit roadblocks Trump’s polls sag amid wall fight MORE (R-S.C.), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).