Duty calls this Sunday morning for John Bolton, who’s been enlisted to defend two forms of diplomatic outreach with which he’s privately not thrilled, I’m sure. He’ll be on “This Week” to preview Trump’s meeting in Helsinki with Vladimir Putin, knowing that the rosy post-summit soundbites to come from POTUS will sound even weirder in light of Mueller’s indictment on Friday, and to spin the sagging fortunes of U.S. outreach to North Korea. Here’s a fun read from 2014 that’s worth digesting before you watch Bolton take a softish-on-Russia/-hard-on-NATO position in his interview with Stephanopoulos.
Another Republican worth watching is Trey Gowdy, who’s set for “Face the Nation” after his battle with Peter Strzok at Thursday’s congressional hearing. I wonder if Gowdy was scheduled before or after Friday’s announcement of the new Russiagate charges. He’s spent most of his time publicly since the IG report on Emailgate was released slamming Strzok and the DOJ, telling Rod Rosenstein a few weeks ago to “finish the hell up” with the Russia probe already. Now we have 12 members of the Russian government indicted for hacking with hints in Mueller’s filing of more to come that may involve Roger Stone and an unnamed candidate for Congress in 2016. Does he still think Mueller should wrap it up ASAP or, as a former prosecutor himself, does he believe these strands should be pursued?
One more person to watch this morning is Democratic Rep. Joe Crowley, who’ll follow Gowdy on “Face the Nation.” A month ago Crowley was a worthy longshot bet to become Speaker next year if Democrats took back the House this fall and Pelosi couldn’t muster enough support to retain her role as leader of the caucus. A month later his career is over, ended in the NY-14 primary by socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Crowley’s going to be pressed on how he feels about the party’s leftward drift (it’s just wonderful, I’m sure he’ll say) and, more importantly, why he isn’t doing more to get his name off the district’s general-election ballot this fall. The full line-up is at the AP.