Sunday shows preview: Justice Ginsburg dies, sparking partisan battle over vacancy before election

Sunday shows preview: Justice Ginsburg dies, sparking partisan battle over vacancy before election

The death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgBill introduced to create RBG monument on Capitol Hill Kavanaugh dismays conservatives by dodging pro-Trump election lawsuits McConnell backs Garland for attorney general MORE and subsequent debates on whether the vacancy should be filled ahead of the November presidential election are expected to be the focus of this weekend’s Sunday talk shows. 

The Supreme Court on Friday announced in a statement that the 87-year-old justice had died due to complications from metastatic pancreatic cancer.

Ginsburg, a Clinton nominee, became known for her defense of gender equality and civil liberties. In recent years, she was adopted by the progressive movement as a pop culture icon and champion of rights for women and minorities.  

Before her death, Ginsburg dictated to her granddaughter that her “most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed,” according to a statement obtained by NPR on Friday.  

However, about an hour following the news of Ginsburg’s passing, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGarland's AG nomination delayed by GOP roadblocks DOJ declined to take up Chao ethics probe Trump was unhinged and unchanged at CPAC MORE (R-Ky.) announced he would move to fill the vacancy with one of President TrumpDonald TrumpHouse passes voting rights and elections reform bill DEA places agent seen outside Capitol during riot on leave Georgia Gov. Kemp says he'd 'absolutely' back Trump as 2024 nominee MORE’s picks, adding that the commander in chief’s nominee “will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate.”

Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzGarland's AG nomination delayed by GOP roadblocks The Hill's 12:30 Report: Washington on high alert as QAnon theory marks March 4 The Memo: Is Trump mounting a comeback — or finally fading? MORE (R-Texas) told Fox News’s Sean HannitySean Patrick HannityGrenell hints at potential California gubernatorial bid Cruz blames criticism of Cancun trip on media 'Trump withdrawal' The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by The AIDS Institute - Tanden's odds plummet to lead OMB MORE Friday evening following the news of Ginsburg’s death that President Trump should nominate a successor to the court next week. 

"We have a responsibility to do our job," Cruz said in the interview. "We cannot let Election Day come and go and with a 4-4 court ... we risk a constitutional crisis.”

Cruz is set to appear on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday, along with House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOn The Money: Democrats deals to bolster support for relief bill | Biden tries to keep Democrats together | Retailers fear a return of the mask wars Here's who Biden is now considering for budget chief Biden urges Democrats to advocate for rescue package MORE (D-Calif.), who called Ginsburg’s death on Friday “devastating.” 

“Justice Ginsburg embodied justice, brilliance and goodness, and her passing is an incalculable loss for our democracy and for all who sacrifice and strive to build a better future for our children,” Pelosi said in a statement.

Journalist Bob Woodward, whose explosive book “Rage,” was officially released on Tuesday, will be on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” His book drew significant attention last week after Woodward published audio recordings of interviews with Trump, one of which revealed that the president privately acknowledged downplaying the coronavirus threat. 

Adm. Brett Giroir, the Trump administration's coronavirus testing czar, is expected on CNN's "State of the Union."

On Thursday, the New York Times reported that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines that advised asymptomatic people not to get tested were written by Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) officials instead of scientists.

Giroir told the Times that the original guidance came from the CDC, but he “coordinated editing and input from the scientific and medical members of the [White House coronavirus] task force.”

Below is the full list of guests who will appear on this weekend’s Sunday talk shows:

ABC’s “This Week” — Pelosi; Cruz. 

NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar; Gov. Phil Murphy (D-N.J.); Woodward.

CBS’ “Face the Nation”— National security adviser Robert O'BrienRobert O'BrienWhite House aides head for exits after chaos at Capitol Top Melania Trump aide Stephanie Grisham resigns Trump national security adviser defends Pence MORE; Adam Schechter, chairman, president and CEO of LabCorp; former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson.

CNN’s “State of the Union”Giroir; Gov. Gretchen WhitmerGretchen Whitmer'SNL' envisions Fauci as game show host, giving winners vaccines Two men charged with making threatening calls to Michigan officials Biden sparks Twitter debate over pronunciation of Midwest supermarket chain MORE (D-Mich.); Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Senate Dems face unity test; Tanden nomination falls Gillibrand: Cuomo allegations 'completely unacceptable' Democrats push Biden to include recurring payments in recovery package MORE (D-N.Y.). 

“Fox News Sunday”Bill Gates, Microsoft Co-Founder and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Co-Chair; Dr. Tom Frieden, Former Director of the Centers for Disease Control and President and CEO of Resolve to Save Lives; Marc Short, Chief of Staff to Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceTrump was unhinged and unchanged at CPAC Trump talking to allies about 2024 run without Pence: report The Hill's 12:30 Report: Washington on high alert as QAnon theory marks March 4 MORE

Fox News' “Sunday Morning Futures”Mike PompeoMike PompeoHouthis: US sanctions prolonging war in Yemen China plays the Trump card, but Biden is not buying it Trump: 'I can't imagine' any Republican would beat me in 2024 primary if I run MORE, Secretary of State; Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanJim Jordan calls for House Judiciary hearing on 'cancel culture' CPAC, all-in for Trump, is not what it used to be Democrats don't trust GOP on 1/6 commission: 'These people are dangerous' MORE (R-Ohio), Ranking Member House Judiciary Committee; Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioDeSantis's rising GOP profile fuels 2024 talk GOP senators question Amazon on removal of book about 'transgender moment' CPAC, all-in for Trump, is not what it used to be MORE (R-FL), Chairman of the Senate Intel Committee and the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship; Herschel Walker, Former NFL Champion. 

"America This Week with Eric Bolling”Larry KudlowLarry KudlowMORE, White House Economic Advisor; Sarah HuckabeeSarah SandersTrump likely to form new super PAC We knew media would coddle Biden — here's why it's much worse House Republican condemns anti-Trump celebrities during impeachment hearing MORE Sanders, Former Trump Press Secretary; Rep. Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesRepublican rips GOP lawmakers for voting by proxy from CPAC What good are the intelligence committees? CPAC, all-in for Trump, is not what it used to be MORE (R-Calif.); Michael Knowles, conservatice political commentator; Jack Brewer, Former NFL Player; Ed Norris, Former Maryland Police Commissioner.