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 TrumpOmar, Muslim Democrats decry Islamophobia amid death threats On The Money — Powell pivots as inflation rises Trump cheers CNN's Cuomo suspension 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 NadlerUnrequited rage: The demand for mob justice in the Rittenhouse trial Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by American Clean Power — Democrats prepare to grill oil execs Merkley, Warren and Markey sound alarm over 'dirty' hydrogen provision in climate deal 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 SwalwellThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden to update Americans on omicron; Congress back GOP eyes booting Democrats from seats if House flips Omar calls out Boebert over anti-Muslim remarks, denies Capitol incident took place 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 LewandowskiNew Trump super PAC formed after accusations of misconduct The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Democrats still at odds over Biden agenda Noem severs ties with Lewandowski after harassment allegations surface 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 FlakeRubio vows to slow-walk Biden's China, Spain ambassador nominees Senate confirms Thomas Nides as US ambassador to Israel Flake, Cindy McCain among latest Biden ambassadors confirmed after delay 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 McSallyBusiness groups, sensing victory, keep up pressure over tax hikes Kelly raises million in third quarter Ruben Gallego is left's favorite to take on Sinema 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 DurbinDick DurbinManchin working on 'adjustments' to energy policies in Biden spending plan Schumer: 'Good conversation' with McConnell on debt hike  Graham emerges as go-to ally for Biden's judicial picks 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:

NBC's "Meet the Press": Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz) and Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.).

"Fox News Sunday": Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski.

CBS's "Face the Nation": Flake, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.).

CNN's "State of the Union": Flake; Reps. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffJan. 6 panel releases contempt report on Trump DOJ official ahead of censure vote The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden to update Americans on omicron; Congress back Sunday shows - Spotlight shifts to omicron variant MORE (D-Calif.) and David CicillineDavid CicillineHouse votes to censure Gosar and boot him from committees House to vote Wednesday to censure Gosar, remove him from committees Gosar faces increasing odds of censure on House floor MORE (D-R.I.).

ABC's "This Week": Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.).