Trump says special counsel 'divides the country'

Trump called the special counsel appointment by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein a "witch hunt" as Rosenstein appeared on Capitol Hill to brief the Senate.
3:10 | 05/19/17

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President trump closing in on announcing his pick for head of the FBI. One of the front runners, a familiar name, former vice presidential candidate Joe Lieberman who ran with Al gore and president trump is preparing for hi first intertrip as we've been saying heading to Saudi Arabia first. He's also reacting to the appointment of a special counsel calling it a quote, witchhunt. Our chief white house correspondent Jon Karl asked him about it and joins us now from Washington. Good morning, Jon. Reporter: Good morning, robin. As the president prepares to head overseas he hoping to turn the page. With his first foreign trip hours away, a new headache for president trump. The appointment of a special counsel to investigate Russian meddling in the campaign. Your reaction to Depp attorney general rod Rosenstein to A.A special counsel to investigate the Russian interference into the campaign? Was this the right more or is this part of a witchhunt. I respect the move but the entire anything has been a witch-hunt and there is no collusion between certainly myself and my campaign but I can always speak for myself and the Russians, serrie. I think it divides the country. I think weaver a divided country because of that and many other things. Reporter: The man who appointed him was on capitol hill Thursday. Did president trump obstruct justice? Good afternoon. Reporter: Briefing all 100 senators on the president's controversial decision to fire Dr FBI directwr James Comey and why he selected a special counsel. Wanted to make sure the integrity of the department was fair. Reporter: Democratic senators at the briefing said Rosenstein pushed back on white house claims that Comey was fired because of his recommendation. He did acknowledged that he learned Comey would be removed prior to writing his memo. President trump offered another decision blaming his most congressional testimony. That was a poor, poor performance, so poor, in fact, that I believe and you'd have to ask him but I believe that's why the deputy turn darn went out and wrote his very, very strong letter. Reporter: Rosenstein's memo which was written just days after Comey was on capitol hill made no reference whatsoever to that congressional testimony. As you know senators and others are still calling on Comey to testify. Any update where that's concern the. We've heard from comb's on or abouts who say he is willing to testify in open session to tell his story but, robin, therefore at least three committees seeking him, one the top Democrat on the judiciary committee said they have sent a letter to his P.O. Box and still have not heard a response yet. All right, Jon, thank you.

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