Sunday: Mattis, Morell and Burns


Retired U.S. Marine Corps General James Mattis testifies before a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on his nomination to serve as defense secretary in Washington, U.S. January 12, 2017.

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President Donald Trump took his first steps onto the international stage this week in his premier trip abroad as president, traveling to the Middle East and Europe. Monday night's suicide bombing in Manchester, England turned much of the trip's focus to the ongoing worldwide terrorist threat and the battle against ISIS and other terror networks.

Sunday, for a special Memorial Day broadcast of "Face the Nation," we'll have an exclusive interview with Secretary of Defense James Mattis. In his first television interview since assuming his cabinet position, we'll talk to Secretary Mattis about the Manchester attacks, the fight against ISIS, the ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the current terror threat to the United States and other defense challenges.

Also this week, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson traveled to England to deliver a public apology for leaks made by U.S. officials detailing the British investigation into the Manchester bombing. We'll talk to former acting Director of the CIA and CBS News Senior National Security Contributor Michael Morell about how badly those leaks could hurt intelligence sharing between the two countries and how we can prevent a similar terror attack here in the United States.

In other news this week, the investigation into Russian collusion with the Trump campaign has continued to gain momentum after news broke that the president's son-in-law and Senior Advisor Jared Kushner is under scrutiny by law enforcement for possible connections to Russian officials. This announcement comes a week after leaked memos from former FBI Director James Comey, which alleged the president of potentially attempting to impede the investigation into his campaign, surfaced.

We'll talk to Benjamin Wittes a Senior Fellow at Brookings and the editor-in-chief of Lawfare. Wittes, who is also a close friend of the former director, said in a CNN interview that Comey "has a story to tell," and that the president should be scared. We'll ask what to expect in Comey's expected congressional testimony next month.

As always, we'll also have analysis from our political panel. Sunday we're joined by CBS News White House and Senior Foreign Affairs Correspondent Margaret Brennan, who is currently traveling with the president.  We'll also hear from the Atlantic's editor-in-chief Jeffrey Goldberg and the D.C. Bureau Chief of USA Today Susan Page.

Finally, in celebration of Memorial Day, Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns joins to discuss his upcoming documentary film "The Vietnam War," airing on PBS this September.  What lessons can we learn today from one of America's most controversial wars?

A lot to cover this week. Check your local listings for times.

  • Tim Perry

    CBS News reporter covering the White House.