Sunday shows preview: Trump legal scrutiny in spotlight

Sunday shows preview: Trump legal scrutiny in spotlight
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Lawmakers will take to the Sunday news shows this week to discuss continuing fallout from President TrumpDonald John Trump Former US ambassador: 'Denmark is not a big fan of Donald Trump and his politics' Senate Democrats push for arms control language in defense policy bill Detroit county sheriff endorses Booker for president MORE's former lawyer, Michael Cohen, pleading guilty this week to charges that implicate the president in a felony.

Cohen, who pleaded guilty this week to tax and bank fraud and campaign finance violations, said Trump directed him to make payments to two women as part of a hush-money agreement. The payments, made shortly before the 2016 presidential election, were meant to silence adult film star Stormy Daniels's and former Playmate Karen McDougal's allegations that they had affairs with Trump.

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The news followed months of denials from the White House and Trump, who argued previously that he had no knowledge of the payments, which have come under investigation as possible unreported campaign contributions.

The ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Jerry NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerSecond Democrat representing Trump district backs impeachment GOP memo deflects some gun questions to 'violence from the left' House Democrats urge Trump to end deportations of Iraqis after diabetic man's death MORE (D-N.Y.), will appear on NBC's "Meet the Press" likely to discuss the developments. Nadler said this week that Cohen's testimony could implicate Trump in a felony.

“If, as Michael Cohen testified in his guilty plea, his felonies were committed at the direction of @realDonaldTrump, then the POTUS would be part of a federal crime - the only thing limiting DOJ from prosecuting being an OLC ruling saying a sitting president cannot be indicted," Nadler tweeted Tuesday.

Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellHickenlooper ends presidential bid Scenes from Iowa State Fair: Surging Warren, Harris draw big crowds Nadler hits gas on impeachment MORE (D-Calif.), a member of the House Intelligence Committee who called for the House Russia probe to be reopened over the news of Cohen's guilty plea, will appear on ABC's "This Week."

One defender of the president, his former campaign manager Corey LewandowskiCorey R. LewandowskiSunday shows - Recession fears dominate Lewandowski on potential NH Senate run: If I run, 'I'm going to win' Lewandowski says he's 'happy' to testify before House panel MORE, will appear on "Fox News Sunday" as the only representative of current or former Trump administration officials to join the Sunday news shows this week.

Meanwhile, Arizona Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeAnti-gun violence organization endorses Kelly's Senate bid Arpaio considering running for former sheriff job after Trump pardon Overnight Energy: Warren edges past Sanders in poll of climate-focused voters | Carbon tax shows new signs of life | Greens fuming at Trump plans for development at Bears Ears monument MORE (R) will make three appearances on CNN, CBS, and NBC ahead of Tuesday's contentious Arizona Senate primary, where three GOP candidates are running for Flake's spot and are all seeking to tout their loyalty to the president.

Flake has not made an endorsement in the race, and the frontrunner is Arizona Rep. Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyAnti-gun violence organization endorses Kelly's Senate bid The Hill's Morning Report - Trump searches for backstops amid recession worries Arizona poll shows Kelly overtaking McSally MORE (R), who has campaigned with audio of Trump calling her the "real deal" against competitors state Sen. Kelli Ward (R) and former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, whom Trump pardoned earlier this year.

Sen. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinSenate Democrats push Trump to permanently shutter migrant detention facility House panel investigating decision to resume federal executions To combat domestic terrorism, Congress must equip law enforcement to fight rise in white supremacist attacks MORE (D-Ill.), whose criminal justice bill was put on hold this week in the Senate, will also appear on CBS.

A full lineup of the guests on this week's Sunday shows is as follows: