Sunday shows preview: Mueller report in spotlight

Special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE's final report is expected to be in the spotlight Sunday as lawmakers hit the morning show circuit amid debate over how much of the report will be made public when it is finally submitted.

There was broad speculation this week that Mueller was wrapping up his probe into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, with news reports indicating that he was prepared to submit his findings as soon as next week.

A Justice Department official said Friday that the Mueller report will not be delivered next week, though Democrats have already put pressure on the department to release as much of the Mueller document as possible when it is submitted.


Six Democratic House committee chairmen sent a letter to Attorney General William Barr this week demanding the probe’s final conclusions be released “without delay and to the maximum extent permitted by law.” 

Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffWhite House rejects Dem request for documents on Trump-Putin communications Dems request probe into spa owner suspected of trying to sell access to Trump Dems fear Trump is looking at presidential pardons MORE (D-Calif.), the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and a signatory of the letter, will appear on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday to discuss the Russia probe. His committee also has an open inquiry into Russian electoral interference.

Former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeRosenstein still working at DOJ despite plans to leave in mid-March Graham says he'll probe Rosenstein's 25th Amendment remarks The damning proof of innocence that FBI likely withheld in Russian probe MORE will also appear on "This Week." McCabe, who is on a media tour promoting his new book, said in an interview earlier this month that senior officials discussed the possibility of removing President Trump under the 25th Amendment following concerns over the president's possible ties to Russia. McCabe later said that Deputy Attorney Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod Jay RosensteinThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump steps up attacks on McCain Rosenstein still working at DOJ despite plans to leave in mid-March Graham says he'll probe Rosenstein's 25th Amendment remarks MORE "mentioned" the topic but said he wasn't aware if he took any action on it.

Trump has ramped up his criticism of McCabe and the Department of Justice in recent weeks, particularly after McCabe’s interview on "60 Minutes" and a New York Times report examining the litany of ways the president has sought to undermine Mueller's probe. The Senate confirmed Barr as attorney general last week to oversee the probe.

The Trump administration's foreign policy is also expected to be in the spotlight on the Sunday shows this week as violence spreads in Venezuela amid a standoff over international humanitarian aid at the border that the U.S. has demanded be let in. The White House is also preparing for President TrumpDonald John TrumpCummings says Ivanka Trump not preserving all official communications Property is a fundamental right that is now being threatened 25 states could see severe flooding in coming weeks, scientists say MORE's second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, which is set to take place on Wednesday and Thursday.

Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoWhite House rejects Dem request for documents on Trump-Putin communications US calls for Venezuela to release opposition leader's chief of staff Trump: 'It is time' to recognize Israeli control of Golan Heights MORE is slated to appear on CNN’s “State of the Union” and Fox News’ “Fox News Sunday” to discuss developments regarding Venezuela and North Korea. He will also appear just two days after Trump named Kelly Craft, the current U.S. ambassador to Canada, as his pick to become the next top U.S. diplomat to the United Nations.

Washington is also gearing up for days of testimony on Capitol Hill from former longtime Trump lawyer Michael Cohen next week as well as a vote on a Democratic-led resolution to block Trump's declaration of a national emergency at the border. Trump has vowed to veto the measure if it passes both chambers of Congress.

Here’s the full Sunday show lineup: 

ABC's "This Week" — Schiff, McCabe

NBC's "Meet the Press" — Rep. Jim HimesJames (Jim) Andres HimesHillicon Valley: Doctors press tech to crack down on anti-vax content | Facebook, Instagram suffer widespread outages | Spotify hits Apple with antitrust complaint | FCC rejects calls to delay 5G auction House Dem introduces bill requiring public firms to disclose cybersecurity expertise in leadership House lawmakers clash over GOP allegations Dems coached Cohen MORE (D-Conn.), Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R-Ark.).

CBS' "Face the Nation" — Sens. Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntRisk-averse Republicans are failing the republic Senate GOP poised to go 'nuclear' on Trump picks The Hill's Morning Report - Dems contemplate big election and court reforms MORE (R-Mo.) and Ed MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeyOcasio-Cortez staff received risk assessment training from police due to death threats: report US climate policy must protect forests and communities, not the forest industry Warren, Klobuchar call on FTC to curtail use of non-compete clauses MORE (D-Mass.), Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerBooker, Gabbard to make appearances with Colbert The Hill's 12:30 Report: Cohen back on the hot seat The Hill's Morning Report - Citing probes, Trump says 2020 race has begun MORE (R-Ill.), Govs. Jay Inslee (D-Wash.) and Michelle Lujan GrishamMichelle Lynn Lujan GrishamNew Mexico state Senate votes to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day New Mexico passes bill allowing same-day voter registration New Mexico passes bill requiring state's electricity come from renewable energy MORE (D-N.M.).

CNN's "State of the Union" — Pompeo. 

"Fox News Sunday" — Pompeo; 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, Democratic National Committee chairman.