Sunday shows preview: Republicans on defense as new reports emerge on impeachment

Congressional Republicans once again find themselves on the defensive heading in to the weekend following the publication of text messages of U.S. officials indicating their discomfort with President TrumpDonald John Trump Trump responds to calls to tear down monuments with creation of 'National Garden' of statues Trump: Children are taught in school to 'hate their own country' Trump accuses those tearing down statues of wanting to 'overthrow the American Revolution' MORE's conversations with Ukraine's president regarding former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenCan Republicans handle the aftermath of Donald Trump? Biden seeks to supplant Trump in Georgia Trump's Mount Rushmore stunt will backfire MORE.

Calls for Trump's impeachment only intensified among House Democrats this week following a barrage of reports about Trump's conversations with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky as well as Trump's own public statements in recent days calling for Ukraine as well as China to open investigations into Biden.


Texts from multiple State Department officials released late Thursday indicated that Trump's conversation with Zelensky was predicated on the condition of talking about Biden even as many Republicans insisted that Zelensky was not pressured to discuss Biden or open an investigation into Biden, a 2020 candidate for president.

Trump publicly defended his calls for Biden to be investigated by multiple foreign governments including China, a U.S. adversary, on Friday, telling reporters that “when I speak to a foreign leader, I speak in an appropriate manner,” and claiming that his motives were apolitical.

Several Republican lawmakers are set to appear on the Sunday news shows amid the growing scandal, though no White House representatives were booked on any networks. Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonRepublicans fear backlash over Trump's threatened veto on Confederate names GOP senators debate replacing Columbus Day with Juneteenth as a federal holiday Senate Republicans defend Trump's response on Russian bounties MORE (R-Wisc.), who has so far supported Trump publicly, will appear on NBC's "Meet the Press" while Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanGOP-Trump fractures on masks open up Democrats start cracking down on masks for lawmakers Comer tapped to serve as top Republican on House Oversight MORE (R-Ohio) was set to appear on ABC's "This Week" opposite Rep. Hakeem JeffriesHakeem Sekou JeffriesReparations bill gains steam following death of George Floyd Karen Bass's star rises after leading police reform push The Hill's 12:30 Report: Supreme Court ruling marks big win for abortion rights groups MORE (D-N.Y.), a top ally of Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOn The Money: Breaking down the June jobs report | The biggest threats facing the recovery | What will the next stimulus bill include? Military bases should not be renamed, we must move forward in the spirit of reconciliation Pelosi: Trump 'himself is a hoax' MORE (D-Calif.).

Sen. Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntThe Hill's Morning Report - Republicans shift, urge people to wear masks Hillicon Valley: Facebook takes down 'boogaloo' network after pressure | Election security measure pulled from Senate bill | FCC officially designating Huawei, ZTE as threats Senate GOP starting to draft next coronavirus proposal MORE (R-Mo.), another opponent of Democrats' impeachment inquiry, is set to appear on CBS' "Face the Nation," while Rep. Chris StewartChristopher (Chris) Douglas StewartAtlanta Wendy's 911 call the night of Rayshard Brooks's death released Tyler Perry offers to pay for funeral of Rayshard Brooks Current, former NHL players form diversity coalition to fight intolerance in hockey MORE (R-Utah), who has called the whistleblower complaint "concerning" but has refused so far to support the inquiry will appear on "Fox News Sunday."

Here's the full lineup for the Sunday shows, according to the Associated Press:

NBC’s “Meet the Press": Sens. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyConnecticut senators call for Subway to ban open carry of firearms Democrats optimistic about chances of winning Senate Gridlock mires chances of police reform deal MORE (D-Conn.)

ABC's "This Week": Reps. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.)

CBS's "Face the Nation": Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Reps. Jim Hines (D-Conn.) and Eliot EngelEliot Lance EngelNY Working Families Party director on the state's primary House postpones testimony from key Pompeo aide about IG firing Yvette Clarke wins NY House primary MORE (D-N.Y.)

"Fox News Sunday": Reps. Val DemingsValdez (Val) Venita DemingsLiberal veterans group urges Biden to name Duckworth VP Democrats seize on Florida pandemic response ahead of general election Progressive groups urge Biden to tap Warren as running mate MORE (D-Fla.) and Chris Stewart (R-Utah)

CNN's "State of the Union": GOP presidential candidates former Gov. Mark SanfordMark SanfordCheney clashes with Trump Sessions-Tuberville Senate runoff heats up in Alabama The Memo: Can the Never Trumpers succeed? MORE (R-S.C.) and former Rep. Joe WalshJoe WalshBottom line ABC's Whoopi Goldberg to headline Biden fundraiser with Sen. Tammy Duckworth Trump shares video of protesters confronting reporter: 'FAKE NEWS IS NOT ESSENTIAL' MORE (R-Ill.), Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharDemocrats: A moment in history, use it wisely The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Rep. Rodney Davis says most important thing White House can do on COVID-19 is give consistent messaging; US new cases surpass 50k for first time The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Stagwell President Mark Penn says Trump is losing on fighting the virus; Fauci says U.S. 'going in the wrong direction' in fight against virus MORE (D-Minn.).