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 TrumpJimmy Carter: 'I hope there's an age limit' on presidency White House fires DHS general counsel: report Trump to cap California trip with visit to the border 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. 


In the immediate aftermath of Kennedy's announcement on Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellDemocrats seize Senate floor to protest gun inaction: 'Put up or shut up' Democrats press for action on election security Hillicon Valley: Election security looms over funding talks | Antitrust enforcers in turf war | Facebook details new oversight board | Apple fights EU tax bill 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 GrassleyWe've lost sight of the real scandal Grassley: Kavanaugh classmate didn't contact Senate panel State Dept sent explosive-detection dogs to Jordan despite evidence of mistreatment: report MORE (R-Iowa) and two key Republican swing votes, Sens. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiKavanaugh impeachment push hits Capitol buzz saw McConnell lashes out at Democrats over 'unhinged' criticism of Kavanaugh The 13 Republicans needed to pass gun-control legislation MORE (Alaska) and Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump takes 2020 roadshow to New Mexico The 13 Republicans needed to pass gun-control legislation Congress passes bill to begin scenic byways renaissance MORE (Maine).

Trump also met with three red-state Democrats facing re-election this year: Sens. Joe Manchin (W.Va.), Heidi HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn HeitkampThe Hill's Morning Report — Biden steadies in third debate as top tier remains the same Trump wins 60 percent approval in rural areas of key states Pence to push new NAFTA deal in visit to Iowa MORE (N.D.) and Joe DonnellyJoseph (Joe) Simon DonnellyLobbying world Trump nominees meet fiercest opposition from Warren, Sanders, Gillibrand GOP frets over nightmare scenario for Senate primaries 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 DurbinKavanaugh impeachment push hits Capitol buzz saw Democrats seize Senate floor to protest gun inaction: 'Put up or shut up' Pressley on Kavanaugh impeachment: 'Deeply disturbing' that a justice 'could have this many allegations' 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 GrahamTrump fires back at Graham over Iran criticism Overnight Defense: GOP wary of action on Iran | Pence says US 'locked and loaded' to defend allies | Iran's leader rules out talks with US Republicans wary of US action on Iran MORE (R-S.C.) and Maria CantwellMaria Elaine CantwellWill Congress act to stop robocalls? Native American advocates question 2020 Democrats' commitment Hillicon Valley: Trump reportedly weighing executive action on alleged tech bias | WH to convene summit on online extremism | Federal agencies banned from buying Huawei equipment | Lawmakers jump start privacy talks 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 endorses challenger to Democrat Lipinski in Illinois race Young insurgents aren't rushing to Kennedy's side in Markey fight Ocasio-Cortez chief of staff to leave her office 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 ToomeyNSA improperly collected US phone records in October, new documents show Overnight 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 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 McCainArizona Democratic Party will hold vote to censure Sinema The 13 Republicans needed to pass gun-control legislation Biden's debate performance renews questions of health MORE (R-Ariz.) of "The Restless Wave," will also be on.

CNN's "State of the Union": Collins and Sen. Tammy DuckworthLadda (Tammy) Tammy DuckworthDemocrats ignore Asian American and Pacific Islander voters at their peril Republicans grumble over Trump shifting military funds to wall Lawmakers mark anniversary of Martin Luther King 'I have a dream' speech MORE (D-Ill.) are set to appear on the program.

ABC's "This Week": Collins and Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharMark Mellman: The most important moment in history? Democrats press for action on election security Antitrust enforcers in turf war over Big Tech MORE (D-Minn.) will be on the show.