Sunday morning talking heads

Imagine being a producer on one of the Sunday shows, trying to fit all of the news that’s happened since you were last on the air into one 60-minute show. An incomplete summary of the week that was:

  • News breaks of a chemical attack in a Damascus suburb
  • The FBI raids the home and office of the president’s lawyer
  • The Speaker of the House announces he’s retiring
  • The head of Facebook begins two days of grilling by Congress
  • Reports swirl that the president is considering firing his deputy Attorney General, who’s in charge of Russiagate
  • The first excerpts attacking the president emerge from a new book by his since-fired head of the FBI
  • The president orders his top economic advisor to look into rejoining TPP
  • The president pardons Scooter Libby
  • The Department of Justice releases its report on the “lack of candor” displayed by the former deputy head of the FBI
  • The president bombs Syria

In 12 years of doing this, I can’t remember a week like that. And that list doesn’t include all of the follow-up stories that broke day by day, like revelations that Michael Cohen may have kept recordings of his conversations or the claim that some unknown House member has drafted articles of impeachment for Rod Rosenstein.

With so much news to digest and prioritize, go figure that the guest list this morning is highly unsettled as I write this early Saturday. The only major figure in the news who’s booked for sure is Paul Ryan, who’ll be on “Meet the Press” to discuss his retirement and Trump fatigue. Trey Gowdy is set for “Fox News Sunday” to discuss House Republicans’ efforts to wrestle Russiagate documents out of Rosenstein and Christopher Wray, although naturally he’ll be pressed for his thoughts as a former prosecutor on the Michael Cohen raid and Trump’s inevitable firing of Rosenstein. And of course someone from the administration will show up on some (and maybe all) of this morning’s shows to comment on the Syria attack, possibly Mattis or Joe Dunford but more likely John Bolton. Bolton’s an old hand at TV, after all. That’s one of the reasons Trump liked him for NSA.

As for James Comey, he gets an hour all to himself — but not until later. His pre-recorded interview with George Stephanopoulos will air tonight on ABC at 10 p.m. ET. The full line-up is at the AP.