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Sunday shows preview: Senate gears up for impeachment trial after holiday break

As the House and Senate appear to be at an impasse regarding the upper chamber’s impeachment trial of President Trump, lawmakers are slated to appear on the Sunday talk shows. 

Sens. Christopher Coons (D-Del.) and John Kennedy (R-La.) of the key Senate Judiciary Committee are expected on CBS’s “Face the Nation” and CNN’s “State of the Union,” respectively, according to The Associated Press

Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) is scheduled to appear on ABC’s “This Week,” Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) will appear on CBS and Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) will appear on “Fox News Sunday.”

GOP Sens. Ted Cruz (Texas), Chuck Grassley (Iowa) and Andy Biggs (Ariz.) will appear on Fox News’s “Sunday Morning Futures.” 

On the House side, Reps. Joe Kennedy III (D-Mass.) and Steve Scalise (R-La.) will appear on CNN and Fox, respectively. 

President Trump’s daughter and adviser Ivanka Trump said this week that if her father were to win reelection in 2020, she might leave the White House, citing family happiness for her would-be departure. 

“My decisions will always be flexible enough to ensure that their needs are being considered first and foremost,” she said. “So they will really drive that answer for me” she said in an interview on CBS. 

Ivanka Trump will appear on CBS again and could give the president’s perspective on the impeachment proceedings.

The House voted this month to impeach the president, although Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has so far declined to transmit the articles to the Senate. She has expressed concerns that a Senate trial would be unfair and has cited comments by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) that he would not be impartial.

The full lineup, per the AP, is below:

ABC’s “This Week” — Robert O’Brien, White House national security adviser; Van Hollen; Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang.

NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Dean Baquet, executive editor of The New York Times; Martin Baron, executive editor of The Washington Post; author Masha Gessen; former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul.

CBS’ “Face the Nation” — Ivanka Trump; Coons; Lankford.

CNN’s “State of the Union” — John Kennedy; Joe Kennedy III.

“Fox News Sunday” — Cardin; Scalise.

Fox News’s “Sunday Morning Futures” — Cruz; Grassley; Biggs; Asia analyst Gordon Chang; contributor Gary Kaltbaum 

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