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Trump lawyer heads to Sunday shows to launch full-court defense

Trump lawyer heads to Sunday shows to launch full-court defense
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President TrumpDonald TrumpEx-Trump lawyer Cohen to pen forward for impeachment book Murkowski says it would be 'appropriate' to bar Trump from holding office again Man known as 'QAnon Shaman' asks Trump for pardon after storming Capitol MORE's lawyer will hit the Sunday show circuit this week to launch a full-court defense of the president amid fallout over Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting with a Russian lawyer and others during last year's campaign.

Trump attorney Jay Sekulow is slated to appear on all five Sunday morning programs amid continued scrutiny of Trump Jr.'s meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya and other figures in June 2016.

The meeting was part of a Russian lobbying effort directly connected to three Moscow businessmen, The Hill reported. The figures had reported lobbying on adoption issues related to the Magnitsky Act, a U.S. law reviled by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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Media reports have focused on others who attended the meeting after Trump Jr. released an email chain showing eagerness to meet the Russian lawyer, whom an intermediary promised would deliver damaging information on Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonCan Biden encompass the opposition he embodied? Disney silent on Trump status in Hall of Presidents at Magic Kingdom Biden has an opportunity to win over conservative Christians MORE.

In the emails, Trump Jr. was told by British entertainment publicist Rob Goldstone that the information was "very high level and sensitive" and was "part of Russia and its government's support for Mr. Trump.”

President Trump has defended his son, saying that "anybody would have taken the meeting." But a survey released this week found that 53 percent of Americans thought the meeting was inappropriate.

GOP lawmakers like Sen. Lindsay Graham (S.C.) have condemned the meeting, and ripped Trump Jr. and senior White House aide Jared Kushner for attending.

“That email is disturbing,” Graham said. “I know Donald Trump Jr. is new to politics, I know that Jared Kushner is new to politics, but this is going to require a lot of questions to be asked and answered.”

Here's the full lineup for this week's shows:

ABC's "This Week": Jay Sekulow, President Donald Trump's attorney; Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffPelosi names 9 impeachment managers Democrats, GOP face defining moments after Capitol riot Wall Street Journal: 'Best case' is for Trump to resign amid calls for his removal MORE (D-Calif.); Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsMcConnell about to school Trump on political power for the last time McConnell says he's undecided on whether to vote to convict Trump 'I saw my life flash before my eyes': An oral history of the Capitol attack MORE (R-Maine); Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price

NBC's "Meet the Press": Sekulow; Sens. John CornynJohn CornynMcConnell about to school Trump on political power for the last time Rick Scott will 'likely' join challenge to election results Former NY GOP gov calls election challenges 'grave threat to our freedom' MORE (R-Texas) and Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerConfirmation hearing for Biden's DNI pick postponed The Hill's Morning Report - Trump impeached again; now what? Senate panel to hold nomination hearing for Biden Intelligence director nominee this week MORE (D-Va.)

CBS' "Face the Nation": Warner, Sekulow; Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulMcConnell about to school Trump on political power for the last time Legislatures boost security after insurrection, FBI warnings Former Missouri senator says backing Hawley was 'worst mistake of my life' MORE (R-Ky.)

CNN's "State of the Union": Warner, Sekulow, Collins

"Fox News Sunday": Paul, Sekulow