Sunday shows preview: Republicans on defense as new reports emerge on impeachment | TheHill – The Hill

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 TrumpGordon Sondland expected to appear for House deposition Ivanka Trump on impeachment: ‘Everything’s a question of priorities’ Second intel official considering filing complaint over Trump: report MORE‘s conversations with Ukraine’s president regarding former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenGordon Sondland expected to appear for House deposition Ivanka Trump on impeachment: ‘Everything’s a question of priorities’ Second intel official considering filing complaint over Trump: report 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 JohnsonOvernight Defense: House Dems subpoena White House for Ukraine documents | Pence pulled into inquiry | GOP senator says he confronted Trump over Ukraine aid | Iran hackers target 2020 campaign GOP senator says he confronted Trump over Ukraine in August Sasse breaks with Trump’s call for probe: ‘Americans don’t look to Chinese commies for the truth’ MORE (R-Wisc.), who has so far supported Trump publicly, will appear on NBC’s “Meet the Press” while Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanBoth sides dig in after marathon Trump-Ukraine briefing Volker warned Giuliani’s information on Ukraine wasn’t credible: report House questions Volker as impeachment probe ramps up MORE (R-Ohio) was set to appear on ABC’s “This Week” opposite Rep. Hakeem JeffriesHakeem Sekou JeffriesPelosi tells Democrats to focus on Constitution, not Trump Trump allies go on the offensive against whistleblower complaint, Democrats Sunday shows — Impeachment grips Washington MORE (D-N.Y.), a top ally of Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiBiden: Trump has ‘indicted himself by his own statements’ House Democrats subpoena White House for Ukraine documents House conservatives press Schiff over knowledge of whistleblower complaint MORE (D-Calif.).

Sen. Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntMcConnell signaling Trump trial to be quick, if it happens Republicans show signs of discomfort in defense of Trump   Congress hunts for offramp from looming shutdown fight MORE (R-Mo.), another opponent of Democrats’ impeachment inquiry, is set to appear on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” while Rep. Chris StewartChristopher (Chris) Douglas StewartFive notable moments from the whistleblower complaint hearing GOP lawmaker: ‘A lot’ in the whistleblower complaint is ‘concerning’ Office of Director of National Intelligence not planning to release whistleblower complaint 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 MurphyWho is Kurt Volker and why is he important? Impeachment threatens to drown out everything Kennedy announces bill banning family members of U.S. officials from profiting in Ukraine 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 EngelOvernight Defense: House Dems subpoena White House for Ukraine documents | Pence pulled into inquiry | GOP senator says he confronted Trump over Ukraine aid | Iran hackers target 2020 campaign House Democrats subpoena White House for Ukraine documents House panels seek Ukraine docs from Pence for Trump impeachment inquiry MORE (D-N.Y.)

“Fox News Sunday”: Reps. Val DemingsValdez (Val) Venita DemingsHouse Democrat: ‘Deeply troubling’ whistleblower report has ‘multiple witnesses’ House Democrats say memo of Trump call bolsters impeachment case White House memo shows Trump pressed Ukraine leader to look into Biden MORE (D-Fla.) and Chris Stewart (R-Utah)

CNN’s “State of the Union”: GOP presidential candidates former Gov. Mark SanfordMarshall (Mark) Clement SanfordTrump GOP challenger Mark Sanford: Claims against Biden ‘reek’ of ‘good ‘ol boy politics’ Trump primary challenger Mark Sanford: Republican Party ‘has lost its way’ Trump primary challenger Mark Sanford accuses president of eroding government institutions MORE (R-S.C.) and former Rep. Joe WalshJoe WalshEx-GOP lawmaker sues South Carolina Republican Party for canceling 2020 primary Republicans show signs of discomfort in defense of Trump   GOP challenger Joe Walsh: Trump is ‘giving the country the middle finger’ MORE (R-Ill.), Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharKlobuchar blasts Trump ethanol proposal as ‘too little too late’ Poll: Biden, Sanders lead 2020 Democratic field in Ohio 2020 Democrats push for gun control action at forum MORE (D-Minn.).

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