Sunday: Gowdy, Morell, Nuland, Townsend, Coll

Rep. Trey Gowdy, Republican from South Carolina, in an interview on Capitol Hill on July 12, 2017.

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A bruising fight tumbled to its conclusion this week as the House Intelligence Committee released a controversial memo, authored by Republican staffers, alleging the FBI and Department of Justice abused their surveillance powers to spy on the Trump campaign. The memo's release came over the strong objections of the intelligence community as well as Democrats, some of whom feared the memo is a ploy to undermine special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. 

Congressional Republicans also spent some of this week in West Virginia for their annual retreat. There they discussed pressing topics for the party as they enter their first midterm elections under President Trump. They'll return from their retreat to immigration and government spending debates ahead of a looming February 8 funding deadline. 

This Sunday on Face the Nation (@FaceTheNation), we'll bring you the latest on all that and more. 

We'll talk with Rep. Trey Gowdy, in his first interview since announcing he won't run for reelection in 2018, about why he's leaving -- and the institution he'll be leaving behind. Gowdy chairs the Oversight Committee, the top investigative committee in the House and is a member of the Intelligence Committee as well. How does the former federal prosecutor think the memo's release could affect the special counsel's investigation? 

We'll also discuss the memo and more with our national security panel: 

  • Michael Morell, former acting CIA Director and CBS News Senior National Security Contributor
  • Victoria Nuland, former Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs and CEO at the Center for a New American Security
  • Fran Townsend, former Homeland Security Advisor to President George W. Bush and a CBS News Senior National Security Analyst

We'll also hear from Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "Ghost Wars "and New Yorker staff writer Steve Coll, who will join us to discuss his new book "Directorate S: The C.I.A. and America's Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan."

And as always, we'll bring together an expert political panel to help us break down the busy news week. This Sunday, we'll be joined by:

  • Molly Ball (@mollyesque), TIME National Political Correspondent
  • Jamelle Bouie (@jbouie), Slate Chief Political Correspondent and CBS News Political Analyst
  • Ben Domenech (@bdomenech), The Federalist Publisher
  • Julie Pace (@jpaceDC), Associated Press White House Correspondent

Make sure to tune in to this week's exciting broadcast! Click here to check your local listings for airtimes.