Sunday shows preview: White House officials on offensive in wake of anonymous NY Times op-ed

Sunday shows preview: White House officials on offensive in wake of anonymous NY Times op-ed
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White House officials will hit the Sunday news show circuit this week to dissect claims made by an anonymous "senior [Trump] administration official" in The New York Times this week.

The op-ed, published on Wednesday, sent shockwaves through Washington with claims that an internal "resistance" is working within the Trump administration to the thwart the president's "worst inclinations."

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Following the op-ed, Trump administration officials rushed to tamp down murmurings that they could be the unnamed writer. President TrumpDonald John TrumpWarren: Dershowitz presentation 'nonsensical,' 'could not follow it' Bolton told Barr he was concerned Trump did favors for autocrats: report Dershowitz: Bolton allegations would not constitute impeachable offense MORE himself called on the Times to turn over the author's identity for national security purposes.

The Times has so far refused the president's demands, while Trump and other officials have publicly questioned whether the anonymous official exists at all. Dozens of Trump associates, including first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpPro-Trump singer wears 'Impeached and Re-elected' dress to the Grammys The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump beefs up impeachment defense with Dershowitz, Starr Trump welcomes LSU to the White House: 'Go Tigers' MORE, have denounced the op-ed's author.

Vice President Pence will pull double-duty on CBS News's "Face the Nation" and "Fox News Sunday," as will White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayGeorge Conway: Witness missing from impeachment trial is Trump Kellyanne Conway knocks Biden, talks up Sanders in Wash Post op-ed Democrats sharpen case on second day of arguments MORE, who will appear on CNN's "State of the Union" and NBC's "Meet the Press."

The heads of both the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Republican National Committee (RNC) will also appear on "Face the Nation," as the two party chairpersons discuss campaign efforts ahead of November's midterm elections, now just two months away.

Making his first appearance on any Sunday talk show this week is former Trump campaign adviser George PapadopoulosGeorge Demetrios PapadopoulosCalifornia Democrat Christy Smith launches first TV ad in bid for Katie Hill's former House seat DOJ releases new tranche of Mueller witness documents Trump rails against Fox News for planning interviews with Schiff, Comey MORE, who was sentenced this week to two weeks in federal prison for lying to investigators about his contacts with Russia-linked individuals during the 2016 election.

Papadopoulos made headlines with his claim this week that Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsLawmaker wants Chinese news outlet to register as foreign agent Trump-aligned group launches ad campaign hitting Doug Jones on impeachment ICE subpoenas Denver law enforcement: report MORE, who served on the Trump campaign, appeared "enthusiastic" about the prospect of a meeting between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, directly contradicting Sessions' sworn testimony last year.

Here's the full lineup:

NBC's "Meet the Press": White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, Sens. Ben SasseBenjamin (Ben) Eric SasseTrump legal team offers brisk opening defense of president Commerce Department withdraws Huawei rule after Pentagon pushback: reports  The Hill's 12:30 Report: Dems to present case on abuse of power on trial's third day MORE (R-Neb.) and Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinSenate Republicans face pivotal moment on impeachment witnesses Democrats see Mulvaney as smoking gun witness at Trump trial Trump legal team offers brisk opening defense of president MORE (D-Ill.).

"Fox News Sunday": Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceSioux City newspaper endorses Biden ahead of Iowa caucuses Four endings to the Senate's impeachment trial — and none is good for Democrats Jeffries, Nadler showcase different NY styles in Trump trial MORE, Sen. Chris CoonsChristopher (Chris) Andrew CoonsDemocrats rally in support of bill to repeal Trump travel ban This week: Senate barrels toward showdown on impeachment witnesses GOP-Biden feud looms over impeachment trial MORE (D-Del.).

CBS's "Face the Nation": Pence will be on, as will Sen. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerDemocrats worry Trump team will cherry-pick withheld documents during defense Commerce Department withdraws Huawei rule after Pentagon pushback: reports  Hillicon Valley — Presented by Philip Morris International — Bezos phone breach raises fears over Saudi hacking | Amazon seeks to halt Microsoft's work on 'war cloud' | Lawmakers unveil surveillance reform bill MORE (D-Va.), DNC chairman Tom PerezThomas Edward PerezClinton’s top five vice presidential picks Government social programs: Triumph of hope over evidence Labor’s 'wasteful spending and mismanagement” at Workers’ Comp MORE, and RNC chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel.

CNN's "State of the Union": Conway, Sens. Warner and Sasse will join the show.

ABC's "This Week": Former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos.