Sunday Talk Shows (5/6/18): Meet The Press, Face The Nation, Rudy Giuliani, Trump Legal Troubles

The Sunday morning political talk shows will focus on Russia and Trump's ongoing legal challenges.
By Allen McDuffee
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Guests on the Sunday talk shows indicate that the legal challenges President Donald Trump is facing on multiple fronts will be the focus of discussion. That’s in no small part due to the headaches caused by Rudy Giuliani—the very man Trump brought on board to ease legal pressure. For now, the president seems to have some patience, defending Giuliani as a “good guy” who had “started yesterday” and will “get his facts straight.” Giuliani will appear on ABC’s This Week.

The ever-entertaining Michael Avenatti will hit the trifecta by discussing developments in the Stormy Daniels case and Michael Cohen’s place in it on NBC’s Meet The Press, CBS’ Face The Nation and ABC’s This Week. Other topics for the Sunday morning political shows include developments in the North Korea-South Korea talks, the nomination of Gina Haspel for CIA director and the Russia investigation led by Robert Mueller.

Full Sunday talk show line-up below. What catches your eye?

  • NBC’s Meet The Press: Alan Dershowitz, Harvard Law School; Michael McFaul, former ambassador to Russia; Michael Avenatti, Stormy Daniels lawyer
  • CBS’ Face The Nation: Gen. Michael Hayden; Kim Darroch, British Ambassador to the U.S.; Jonathan Turley, George Washington University; Michael Avenatti, Stormy Daniels lawyer; Shawna Thomas, Vice; Ed O’Keefe, CBS News; Nancy Youseff, Wall Street Journal; Ben Domenech, The Federalist

  • ABC’s This Week: Rudy Giuliani, Michael Avenatti, Stormy Daniels lawyer
  • Fox News Sunday: Joseph diGenova, former U.S. attorney; Lanny Davis, former White House special counsel; Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX); Guy Benson, Townhall; Gillian Turner, Fox News; Jonathan Swan, Fox News; Juan Williams, Fox News
  • CNN’s State of the Union: Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO); Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA); Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY); Rick Santorum; S.E. Cupp, HLN; Patti Solis Doyle, political strategist

The Rundown

1. Mitch McConnell’s Trump Calculation 

Jane Mayer at The New Yorker takes a deep dive on the risk of McConnell’s refusal to restrain the chief executive of the United States. 

2. 500,000+ Zoom Accounts Are For Sale on the Dark Web

Credentials of individuals and high-profile companies like Chase have been swept up, marking a new headache for the videoconferencing giant.

3. Bernie Sanders Endorses Joe Biden

Sanders told Biden, “We need you in the White House,” during a teleconference. But how many of his supporters heard him?

4. Paul Manafort Is Seeking Prison Release Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

Trump’s former campaign manager claims he is “high risk.” 

5. Joe Biden Could Get a Critical Boost From a Black VP Pick

New polling suggests Biden could garner more enthusiasm among black voters in battleground states by picking a black woman.

6. Sanofi and GSK Partner on COVID-19 Vaccine

The Sanofi-GlaxoSmithKline vaccine will enter clinical trials later in 2020, but still won’t be available until late 2021.