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 TrumpOver 100 lawmakers consistently voted against chemical safeguards: study CNN's Anderson Cooper unloads on Trump Jr. for spreading 'idiotic' conspiracy theories about him Cohn: Jamie Dimon would be 'phenomenal' 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 NadlerThe stakes are sky-high for the pro-life cause in the upcoming midterms It's not Congress's job to protect Trump, Nadler says Sunday shows preview: Trump legal scrutiny in spotlight 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 SwalwellAuthorities: California man arrested after trying to stab GOP House candidate As we look back at 9/11, let’s recapture the spirit of uniting to protect America Dem strategist: NYT op-ed from anonymous official is 'self-serving' 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. LewandowskiThe 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 GOP destroyed oversight — Dems obligated to clean up mess if elected 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 FlakeGrassley agrees to second Kavanaugh hearing after GOP members revolt Murkowski echoes calls for Kavanaugh, accuser to testify Kavanaugh, accuser to testify publicly on Monday 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 McSallyKavanaugh becomes September surprise for midterm candidates McSally supports having Kavanaugh, accuser testify Poll: Sinema leads McSally by 7 points in Arizona Senate race 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 DurbinTop Senate Dem: Public hearing is ‘only way to go’ for Kavanaugh accuser Durbin calls for delay in Kavanaugh vote Dems engage in last-ditch effort to block Kavanaugh 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: