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 TrumpTrump says 'Failing New York Times' should be held 'fully accountable' over Russia report Trump says 'Failing New York Times' should be held 'fully accountable' over Russia report Trump tweets ICE will begin removing 'millions' of undocumented migrants 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 NadlerFrom abortion to obstruction, politicians' hypocrisy is showing Watergate figure John Dean earns laughter for responses to GOP lawmakers The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by MAPRx - Nadler gets breakthrough deal with DOJ on Mueller docs 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 Swalwell2020 Democrat: Trump is a national security risk 2020 Democrat: Trump is a national security risk Campaign dads fit fatherhood between presidential speeches 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. LewandowskiMichael Caputo eyes congressional bid Clinton lawyer: Mueller's failure to draw conclusion on obstruction a 'massive dereliction' of duty Mueller's facts vs Trump's spin 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 FlakeDemocrats needle GOP on standing up to Trump Democrats needle GOP on standing up to Trump Amash gets standing ovation at first town hall after calling for Trump's impeachment 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 McSallyDemocrats' 2020 Achilles's heel: The Senate Democrats' 2020 Achilles's heel: The Senate Democratic challenger to Susan Collins announces Senate bid 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 DurbinOvernight Defense: US to send 1K more troops to Mideast amid Iran tensions | Iran threatens to break limit on uranium production in 10 days | US accuses Iran of 'nuclear blackmail' | Details on key defense bill amendments Overnight Defense: US to send 1K more troops to Mideast amid Iran tensions | Iran threatens to break limit on uranium production in 10 days | US accuses Iran of 'nuclear blackmail' | Details on key defense bill amendments On The Money: Democrats move funding bills as budget caps deal remains elusive | Companies line up to weigh in on 0B China tariffs | Trudeau to talk trade with Pelosi, McConnell 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: