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 TrumpSunday shows preview: Trump sells U.N. reorganizing and Kavanaugh allegations dominate Ex-Trump staffer out at CNN amid “false and defamatory accusations” Democrats opposed to Pelosi lack challenger to topple her 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 McConnellDoug Jones to McConnell: Don't 'plow right through' with Kavanaugh Kavanaugh accuser agrees to testify next week GOP, Kavanaugh accuser struggle to reach deal 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 panel reaches tentative deal for Kavanaugh accuser to testify Thursday Kavanaugh accuser agrees to testify next week Aide for GOP involved in Kavanaugh nomination resigns after past sexual harassment allegation surfaces MORE (R-Iowa) and two key Republican swing votes, Sens. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiKavanaugh accuser agrees to testify next week Murkowski says she’ll wait until Ford testifies before making decision on Kavanaugh Alaska gov, lieutenant gov come out against Kavanaugh MORE (Alaska) and Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsKavanaugh accuser agrees to testify next week The Memo: Could Kavanaugh furor spark another ‘year of the woman’? Kavanaugh fight roils an already ugly political climate MORE (Maine).

Trump also met with three red-state Democrats facing re-election this year: Sens. Joe Manchin (W.Va.), Heidi HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn HeitkampDoug Jones to McConnell: Don't 'plow right through' with Kavanaugh Heitkamp knocks GOP challenger for 'disturbing' comments on Kavanaugh allegations 5 things to know about Trump's escalating trade war with China MORE (N.D.) and Joe DonnellyJoseph (Joe) Simon DonnellyDoug Jones to McConnell: Don't 'plow right through' with Kavanaugh The Memo: Tide turns on Kavanaugh McCaskill to oppose Kavanaugh nomination 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 DurbinGrassley to administration: You must consult Congress on refugee cap Overnight Health Care: Senators target surprise medical bills | Group looks to allow Medicaid funds for substance abuse programs | FDA launches anti-vaping campaign for teens Bipartisan group wants to lift Medicaid restriction on substance abuse treatment 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 GrahamSunday shows preview: Trump sells U.N. reorganizing and Kavanaugh allegations dominate Kim, Moon toss ball to Trump in ‘last, best chance’ for Korean peace GOP senator: Kavanaugh accuser 'moving the goalposts' MORE (R-S.C.) and Maria CantwellMaria Elaine CantwellPartisan politics at independent agency draws bipartisan rebuke Senators share their fascination with sharks at hearing Poll: Majority of Americans support Roe v. Wade 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) CrowleyFor Capuano in Massachusetts, demography was destiny Carper fends off progressive challenger in Delaware primary Election Countdown: Fallout from Massachusetts stunner | In Delaware, Carper looks to avoid next progressive upset | Dem 2020 primary already in full swing | How a Dem ex-governor hopes to take red-state Tennessee | GOP challengers hit Dems over tax votes 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 McCainTrump hits McCain on ObamaCare vote GOP, White House start playing midterm blame game Arizona race becomes Senate GOP’s ‘firewall’ MORE (R-Ariz.) of "The Restless Wave," will also be on.

CNN's "State of the Union": Collins and Sen. Tammy DuckworthLadda (Tammy) Tammy DuckworthDems should run as economic progressives, says ex-Obama strategist Democrats must reconcile party factions to raise blue wave odds Senate Dems want DOJ review of Giuliani's work for foreign entities MORE (D-Ill.) are set to appear on the program.

ABC's "This Week": Collins and Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharSenate Democrats increase pressure for FBI investigation of Kavanaugh Election Countdown: Trump confident about midterms in Hill.TV interview | Kavanaugh controversy tests candidates | Sanders, Warren ponder if both can run | Super PACs spending big | Two states open general election voting Friday | Latest Senate polls GOP in striking distance to retake Franken seat MORE (D-Minn.) will be on the show.