'This Week' Transcript: Lon Snowden, Donald Trump

So I look at all of that and so much more, and I say to myself, it's time to pause and think about what this relationship is going to be and how we are going to pursue it, in a way that ultimately promotes the national interests and security of the United States.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Finally, Congressman Royce, we have just a few seconds left. Do you think that Ed Snowden would get a fair trial in the United States?

ROYCE: I think he could get a fair trial in the United States. And I think that the concern here is that in -- in going to China and going to Russia, and in particular with respect to the authorities that he's meeting with in Russia, I think this further compounds the problem for U.S. intelligence. And I think we have existing whistle-blower capabilities here in the United States. On a regular basis, whistle-blowers come forward, give information to Congress, and we attempt to address those issues. Going to China and going to Russia was not the solution to the problem. It compounds our difficulties in the United States with respect to Al Qaida.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Congressman, Senator, thanks for your time this morning.

ROYCE: Thank you.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Already began. OK, Jonathan Karl, thanks very much. More on this now from our powerhouse roundtable.

Joined by George Will, Donna Brazile, two members of Congress from Texas. Louis Gohmert, Republican, and Joaquin Castro, Democrat.

And George, setting aside Donald Trump for a second, it does appear that there's been an intensity of activity in Iowa this year, particularly on the Republican side, even though we saw Claire McCaskill out there for Hillary this weekend, in part because this is so wide open in the GOP.

WILL: Both parties will be nominating someone who's not president. So that does open it up a lot.

The Democratic field, look, they have a weak bench, and I should think they'd be careful what they wish for if they wish to clear the field and have no competition. I think the last time they had an almost uncontested nomination was '56 with Adlai Stevenson. He probably would have been beaten anyway, but he certainly was beaten, and I think competition is good for parties. The Republican Party is going to get their fill of it.

STEPHANOPOULOS: No question about that, but there does not appear to be all that much competition, yet understandably, with Hillary Clinton out there kind of freezing the field.

BRAZILE: I don't think so. Martin O'Malley has made some noise recently that he's interested. Of course we have Joe Biden, Kristen Gillibrand, the senator from the great state here of New York. Elizabeth Warren, there is a lot of buzz around her, and of course, Governor Cuomo here from New York. A lot of talk. And let me not forget Joe Biden, because he will call me this afternoon and remind me.

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BRAZILE: So while I do think it's too early to handicap the race, there is no question, if Hillary Clinton gets into the race, there will be a coronation of her, because there are so many Democrats who last time around supported her, who I think are anxious to see her back out there again.

STEPHANOPOULOS: And Congressman, I read somewhere this week that your brother, Julian Castro, mayor of San Antonio, heading to Iowa as well. You might be accompanying him?

CASTRO: Although he's not running for anything. So it's going to be fun. But yes, he's headed out to the Harkin's steak fry appearance in September.

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