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 TrumpDeputy AG: DOJ investigating fake Trump electors Former Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz elected to Baseball Hall of Fame Overnight Health Care — Senators unveil pandemic prep overhaul MORE's conversations with Ukraine's president regarding former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenDeputy AG: DOJ investigating fake Trump electors On The Money — Vaccine-or-test mandate for businesses nixed Warner tests positive for breakthrough COVID-19 case 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 JohnsonWisconsin Democratic Senate candidate Sarah Godlewski rolls out rural policy plan Democrats say change to filibuster just a matter of time Conservative pundit says YouTube blocked interview with Rand Paul MORE (R-Wisc.), who has so far supported Trump publicly, will appear on NBC's "Meet the Press" while Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanAre the legal walls closing in on Donald Trump? Biden: A good coach knows when to change up the team House has the power to subpoena its members — but does it have the will? MORE (R-Ohio) was set to appear on ABC's "This Week" opposite Rep. Hakeem JeffriesHakeem Sekou JeffriesPelosi says she will run for reelection in 2022 WATCH: The Hill recaps the top stories of the week Fury over voting rights fight turns personal on Capitol Hill MORE (D-N.Y.), a top ally of Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiHouse leaders unveil bill to boost chip industry, science competitiveness with China Pelosi says she will run for reelection in 2022 Hoyer says 'significant' version of Build Back Better will pass this year MORE (D-Calif.).
Sen. Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntThere is a bipartisan path forward on election and voter protections These Senate seats are up for election in 2022 Swalwell slams House Republican for touting funding in bill she voted down MORE (R-Mo.), another opponent of Democrats' impeachment inquiry, is set to appear on CBS' "Face the Nation," while Rep. Chris StewartChris StewartMan punched, kicked by officers settles with Georgia county Overnight Defense & National Security — Washington gathers for Colin Powell's funeral House Republican says as much as 40 percent of some intel agencies remain unvaccinated 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 MurphySenators huddle on Russia sanctions as tensions escalate Bipartisan Senate group discusses changes to election law Democrats face scaled-back agenda after setbacks 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 EngelLawmakers pay tribute to Colin Powell NYC snafu the latest flub from a broken elections agency Cynthia Nixon backs primary challenger to Rep. Carolyn Maloney MORE (D-N.Y.)
"Fox News Sunday": Reps. Val DemingsValdez (Val) Venita DemingsDemocrats say change to filibuster just a matter of time Headaches intensify for Democrats in Florida These Senate seats are up for election in 2022 MORE (D-Fla.) and Chris Stewart (R-Utah)
CNN's "State of the Union": GOP presidential candidates former Gov. Mark SanfordMark SanfordBritain checking gun license applicants' social media, medical records Mark Sanford calls Graham 'a canary in the coalmine' on GOP's relationship with Trump Top cyber Pentagon official overseeing defense contractor project placed on leave MORE (R-S.C.) and former Rep. Joe WalshJoe WalshThe Memo: Never Trumpers sink into gloom as Gonzalez bows out The Memo: 'Hillbilly Elegy' author binds himself to Trump after past criticism Joe Walsh says radio show canceled due to Trump criticism MORE (R-Ill.), Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharHillicon Valley — Biden celebrates 'right to repair' wins Advocacy groups urge Congress to tackle tech giants' auto industry focus Bipartisan Senate group discusses changes to election law MORE (D-Minn.).