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 TrumpHannity urges Trump not to fire 'anybody' after Rosenstein report Ben Carson appears to tie allegation against Kavanaugh to socialist plot Five takeaways from Cruz, O'Rourke's fiery first debate MORE’s second successful nomination of a conservative justice to the high court, helping him make good on one of his biggest campaign promises.


A number of Democrats have urged Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyGrassley extends deadline for Kavanaugh accuser to decide on testifying Ben Carson appears to tie allegation against Kavanaugh to socialist plot Kavanaugh accuser seeks additional day to decide on testimony 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 HeitkampGOP Senate candidate: Allegations against Kavanaugh 'absurd' The Memo: Tide turns on Kavanaugh McCaskill to oppose Kavanaugh nomination MORE (D-N.D.), Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinCook Political Report moves Texas Senate race to ‘toss-up’ The Memo: Tide turns on Kavanaugh McCaskill to oppose Kavanaugh nomination MORE (D-W.V.) and Joe DonnellyJoseph (Joe) Simon DonnellyThe Memo: Tide turns on Kavanaugh McCaskill to oppose Kavanaugh nomination The Memo: Kavanaugh firestorm consumes political world 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 McCainTrump hits McCain on ObamaCare vote GOP, White House start playing midterm blame game Arizona race becomes Senate GOP’s ‘firewall’ 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 GrahamKim, Moon toss ball to Trump in ‘last, best chance’ for Korean peace GOP senator: Kavanaugh accuser 'moving the goalposts' Collins: Kavanaugh accuser should 'reconsider,' testify on Monday 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 JohnsonKavanaugh, accuser to testify publicly on Monday Kavanaugh furor intensifies as calls for new testimony grow House panel advances DHS cyber vulnerabilities bills MORE (R-Wis.); former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta 

NBC's "Meet the Press": Sens. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharSenate Democrats increase pressure for FBI investigation of Kavanaugh Election Countdown: Trump confident about midterms in Hill.TV interview | Kavanaugh controversy tests candidates | Sanders, Warren ponder if both can run | Super PACs spending big | Two states open general election voting Friday | Latest Senate polls GOP in striking distance to retake Franken seat MORE (D-Minn.), and Dan SullivanDaniel Scott SullivanCruz gets help from Senate GOP in face of serious challenge from O’Rourke Spotlight shifts to Kavanaugh ahead of hearings GOP senator: Trump firing Sessions wouldn't be 'politically wise' MORE (R-Alaska); Gillum 

CBS News's "Face the Nation": Gov. John Kasich (R-Ohio); former Secretary of State John KerryJohn Forbes KerryRubio wants DOJ to find out if Kerry broke law by meeting with Iranians Time for sunshine on Trump-Russia investigation Pompeo doubles down on criticism of Kerry: The Iran deal failed, 'let it go' MORE.

CNN's "State of the Union": Gillum; Graham; Lieberman; Rep. Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) John Ryan11 Dems float anti-Pelosi leadership plan: reports Pelosi: I’m here as long as Trump is here Ohio Dem: 'I'm not necessarily some soft yoga guy' MORE (D-Ohio). 

"Fox News Sunday": Graham; Sen. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinGrassley to administration: You must consult Congress on refugee cap Overnight Health Care: Senators target surprise medical bills | Group looks to allow Medicaid funds for substance abuse programs | FDA launches anti-vaping campaign for teens Bipartisan group wants to lift Medicaid restriction on substance abuse treatment MORE (D-Ill.); AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.