Sunday: Rubio and Feinstein


The investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia took a dramatic turn this week with the appointment of a special prosecutor, former FBI Director Robert Mueller, to lead an independent probe into the matter.

The development capped off a turbulent few days that left both parties scrambling for answers - from President Trump's decision last week to fire FBI Director James Comey, to Comey's memo of a meeting with the president, which suggested the president pressured him to drop the investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

Will the appointment of a special prosecutor allow the Trump administration and congressional Republicans to refocus on their agenda? Or does it guarantee the Russia investigation will remain front page news for the foreseeable future? And on the eve of President Trump's first foreign trip, how might the controversy affect Trump's international reception?

Sunday on "Face the Nation," we'll talk to a prominent member on the Senate Intelligence Committee Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida. We'll ask the Senator, who ran against President Trump in the 2016 race, how has Comey's dismissal has impacted that committee's investigation.

We're also joined by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee.  We'll ask the Californian senator about the Russia investigation and how Democrats are approaching the Trump agenda. Is she confident the ongoing congressional inquiries can serve an important purpose, given the newly empowered special counsel's investigation? And how will the controversy affect Democrats' approach to the broader agenda moving through Congress?

CBS News Elections Director Anthony Salvanto will discuss his latest findings in our CBS News Nation Tracker, a joint survey project with yougov aimed at monitoring Americans' views on the Trump administration, congress and the country. How do most Americans feel about the multiple investigations surrounding Trump's presidential campaign?

For expert analysis on the political and legal ramifications of the decision to appoint a special prosecutor we'll hear from CBS News Chief Legal Correspondent Jan Crawford and CBS News Justice Correspondent Jeff Pegues. What sets this investigation apart from the previous inquiries already underway? And what developments should we look for in the weeks and months ahead?

As always, we'll get some expert analysis from our political panel. Joining us this Sunday will be CBS News contributor and Washington Post reporter Ed O'Keefe, the Atlantic's Molly Ball, Ramesh Ponnuru of the National Review, and Washington Post columnist David Ignatius.

It's going to be an exciting broadcast, so make sure you tune in! Check your local listings for airtimes.

  • Tim Perry

    CBS News reporter covering the White House.