Sunday shows preview: Washington prepares for Kavanaugh hearings

Sunday shows preview: Washington prepares for Kavanaugh hearings
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The Senate is gearing up for its Supreme Court confirmation hearing for Judge Brett Kavanaugh, which is set to begin Tuesday.

Kavanaugh’s confirmation would mark President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump nominates ambassador to Turkey Trump heads to Mar-a-Lago after signing bill to avert shutdown CNN, MSNBC to air ad turned down by Fox over Nazi imagery MORE’s second successful nomination of a conservative justice to the high court, helping him make good on one of his biggest campaign promises.

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A number of Democrats have urged Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleySenate approves border bill that prevents shutdown Grassley raises voice after McConnell interrupts Senate speech Senate confirms Trump pick William Barr as new attorney general MORE (R-Iowa), to delay the confirmation hearing "given the possibility of criminal wrongdoing" by Trump

The demand came days after former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was convicted by a jury on eight charges of bank and tax fraud and the president's former longtime lawyer Michael Cohen implicated Trump as a co-conspirator in his guilty plea on fraud and campaign finance law charges.

Democrats, too, have been frustrated by their inability to secure documents tied to Kavanaugh's work as a staff secretary, which they argue would shed light on his thinking on issues like torture or surveillance. Republicans, who largely support Trump's nominee, have only requested documents from Kavanaugh's work as a White House lawyer. 

Republicans have a 50-49 majority in the Senate, meaning any GOP defection could sink Kavanaugh’s confirmation if all Democrats vote no.

However, Democrats may face defections of their own. Sens. Heidi HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn HeitkampOvernight Energy: Trump taps ex-oil lobbyist Bernhardt to lead Interior | Bernhardt slams Obama officials for agency's ethics issues | Head of major green group steps down Trump picks ex-oil lobbyist David Bernhardt for Interior secretary On The Money: Shutdown Day 27 | Trump fires back at Pelosi by canceling her foreign travel | Dems blast 'petty' move | Trump also cancels delegation to Davos | House votes to disapprove of Trump lifting Russia sanction MORE (D-N.D.), Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinSenate confirms Trump pick William Barr as new attorney general GOP wants to pit Ocasio-Cortez against Democrats in the Senate Senate poised to confirm Trump’s attorney general pick MORE (D-W.V.) and Joe DonnellyJoseph (Joe) Simon DonnellyOvernight Energy: Trump taps ex-oil lobbyist Bernhardt to lead Interior | Bernhardt slams Obama officials for agency's ethics issues | Head of major green group steps down Trump picks ex-oil lobbyist David Bernhardt for Interior secretary EPA's Wheeler faces grilling over rule rollbacks MORE (D-Ind.) all voted to confirm Trump’s pick Neil Gorsuch last year.

Lawmakers also will likely discuss the looming midterm elections in November, which are now 65 days away.

Andrew Gillum, who won in an upset in Florida’s Democratic gubernatorial primary, will appear on two shows, NBC’s “Meet the Press” and CNN’s “State of the Union.”

Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) will join CBS News's "Face the Nation" where he will likely discuss the difficult path Republicans face to maintaining control of Congress in this year's midterm elections. 

Last month's special election Ohio's 12th Congressional District — one that had been solidly Republican for three decades and which Trump won in the 2016 election — resulted in a more than two-week standoff between Republican Troy Balderson and Democrat Danny O'Connor. 

The election, called last week for Balderson, was seen as a warning sign for Republicans hoping to stave off a Democratic takeover in November's midterms. Kasich last month said nail-biter special election does not "bode well" for Republicans.

"It’s really kind of shocking because this should be just a slam dunk and it’s not," he said.

Guests on the Sunday shows circuit are also expected to pay tribute to Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMark Kelly's campaign raises over M in days after launching Senate bid The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Lawmakers wait for Trump's next move on border deal Mark Kelly launches Senate bid in Arizona MORE (R-Ariz.), whose memorial services were held in Arizona and Washington this week. McCain died Aug. 25 at age 81 after battling an aggressive form of brain cancer.

McCain’s good friend Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamThe Memo: Trump and McCabe go to war Graham seeks new Rosenstein testimony after explosive McCabe interview Senate confirms Trump pick William Barr as new attorney general MORE (R-S.C.) will appear on CNN's “State of the Union” and “Fox News Sunday.” He will be joined on CNN by another close friend of McCain’s, former Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.).

Here's the full lineup: 

ABC's "This Week": Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonGOP braces for Trump's emergency declaration GOP wants to pit Ocasio-Cortez against Democrats in the Senate USCIS child marriage report: Laws that do not value girls are baked into our system MORE (R-Wis.); former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta 

NBC's "Meet the Press": Sens. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharNewsom endorses Kamala Harris for president Pollster says current 2020 surveys like picking best picture Oscar before movies come out O’Rourke heading to Wisconsin amid 2020 speculation MORE (D-Minn.), and Dan SullivanDaniel Scott SullivanAlaska in lockdown over leadership stalemate Bennet gives emotional speech ripping into Cruz over shutdown Trump tells GOP senators he’s sticking to Syria and Afghanistan pullout  MORE (R-Alaska); Gillum 

CBS News's "Face the Nation": Gov. John Kasich (R-Ohio); former Secretary of State John KerryJohn Forbes KerryWarren taps longtime aide as 2020 campaign manager In Virginia, due process should count more than blind team support Trump will give State of Union to sea of opponents MORE.

CNN's "State of the Union": Gillum; Graham; Lieberman; Rep. Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) John RyanTim Ryan ‘seriously considering’ 2020 bid Baseball legend Frank Robinson, first black manager in MLB, dies at 83 House Democrat warns ethics committee about Steve King promoting white nationalism website MORE (D-Ohio). 

"Fox News Sunday": Graham; Sen. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinTrump praises law enforcement response to shooting at Illinois business Five dead in shooting at manufacturing plant in Aurora, Illinois ‘Contingency’ spending in 3B budget deal comes under fire MORE (D-Ill.); AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.