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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 TrumpFive takeaways from Gillum and DeSantis’s first debate GOP warns economy will tank if Dems win Gorbachev calls Trump's withdrawal from arms treaty 'a mistake' 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 NadlerRosenstein to appear for House interview next week Dershowitz: Impeaching Kavanaugh would be foolish, unconstitutional Key lawmaker promises investigation into Kavanaugh if Dems retake House 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 SwalwellSwalwell blasts Trump for holding rally during Hurricane Michael: ‘NOPE NOPE NOPE’ Dem lawmaker mocks conservative activist as a ‘mansplainer’ after criticism of Taylor Swift Dem rep mocks Trump’s attack on SNL 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. LewandowskiTrump and son signal support for McCarthy as next Speaker The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by Better Medicare Alliance — Facing major hurricane, Trump is tested Bannon seeks to boost Republican turnout in midterms with new film 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 FlakeTrump boosts McSally, bashes Sinema in Arizona Watch live: Trump speaks at Arizona rally Mnuchin to attend anti-terror meeting in Saudi Arabia following Khashoggi disappearance 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 McSallyArizona Senate candidate doubles down attacking opponent over Taliban comments Arizona newspaper backs Democrat in dead heat Senate race Trump boosts McSally, bashes Sinema in Arizona 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 DurbinLawmakers point fingers at Saudi crown prince in Khashoggi's death Durbin calls for expulsion of Saudi ambassador in response to Khashoggi's death Durbin to Trump: ‘We’re the mob? Give me a break’ 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: