Oct 11, 2018, 11:35 AM ET

Trump on Fox & Friends: 'I'll do what is necessary to get it over with' on Russia probe; doesn't rule out sitting down for special counsel questions

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In an over forty minute-long appearance on "Fox & Friends", President Donald Trump touched on a wide range of topics including the Russia probe into election interference saying he'll do whatever is "necessary to get it over with" claiming the investigation has caused "division" and is "bad for the country."

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When asked about answering written questions, sitting down for an interview with the special counsel team or some hybrid approach, the president didn't rule it out.

The months-long negotiations over a potential presidential interview have gone on through several different iterations of the Trump legal team. Current lead attorney, Rudy Giuliani, told ABC News in August that his team had submitted a response to special counsel Robert Mueller asking to limit the scope of an interview with Trump especially as it relates to obstruction of justice.

The president has said many times in the past tht he would be willing to speak with Mueller but would await his legal team's guidance.

On Rosenstein

The president's comments come after speculation surfaced last month whether he would fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

When asked whether he would fire Rosenstein after the midterm elections, Trump reiterated he and Rosenstein have a "good relationship."

PHOTO: Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein attends the Religious Liberty Summit at the Department of Justice, July 30, 2018, in Washington, DC.Win McNamee/Getty Images, FILE
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein attends the Religious Liberty Summit at the Department of Justice, July 30, 2018, in Washington, DC.

"Well I actually get along well with Rod," Trump said.

Trump said he's "surprised" the deputy attorney general will not appear on Capitol Hill to testify under oath after he was asked by some members of Congress to do so.

"Frankly, whether you were under oath or not shouldn't matter," Trump said. "He mentioned things to me that I would think would be fine for him to testify when Congress calls."

Monday, the president said he had no intent in firing Rosenstein ahead of their departure together aboard Air Force One to Orlando.

On Kanye

During the interview and in preparation for his lunch with hip-hop artist Kanye West, Trump touted the support he says he has received from the African American community since West has publicly backed his "Make America Great Again" campaign slogan.

PHOTO: In this Dec. 13, 2016, file photo, President-elect Donald Trump and Kanye West pose for a picture in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York. AP Photo/Seth Wenig
In this Dec. 13, 2016, file photo, President-elect Donald Trump and Kanye West pose for a picture in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York.

"When Kanye came out very strongly a number of months ago, something happened, my polls went up like 25 percent," Trump said. "The polls went through the roof – I think I can say I've honestly never seen that before to that extent."

On Kavanaugh

The president also briefly touched on the recent political fallout over his newly appointed Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh – echoing his support of Kavanaugh's confirmation and decried calls among some Democrats of impeachment.

"How do you impeach him? He's like this incredible person that it turned out to be such false, horrible charges what they did and they want to impeach him?" Trump said.

In an interview with the Washington Examiner, a conservative newspaper, Trump said that while any other Republican president would have "abandoned" Kavanaugh as a Supreme Court nominee, he "didn't even think about going the other way" during the Senate confirmation hearings.

Trump told the Examiner that "the easier path" would have been to withdraw his nomination while allegations were unfolding, but never thought about doing so.

PHOTO: Retired Justice Anthony Kennedy, right, ceremonially swears-in Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, as President Donald Trump looks on, in the East Room of the White House, Oct. 8, 2018.Susan Walsh/AP
Retired Justice Anthony Kennedy, right, ceremonially swears-in Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, as President Donald Trump looks on, in the East Room of the White House, Oct. 8, 2018.

During Kavanaugh's swearing-in ceremony, Trump apologized on behalf of the nation "for the terrible pain and suffering" that he and his family endured during his confirmation process.

On Devin Nunes

Trump also said that California Republican Rep. Devin Nunes “should get the Medal of Honor” for his role in pushing back against the Russia probe. "What he's gone through, and his bravery, he should get a very important medal."

The Medal of Honor is awarded for military heroism and Trump, shortly after his comments added: "Maybe we'll call it the Medal of Freedom because we actually give them, the high awards for civilians."

The Medal of Freedom is traditionally given to people recognized as having contributed to national or international security, arts and culture, or world peace efforts.

On Hurricane Michael

In the Fox & Friends interview, Trump also said relief efforts for Hurricane Michael “is going to go fast.”

On Wednesday, as Hurricane Michael barreled into the Gulf Coast, President Trump made his way to the northern corner of Pennsylvania for a Make America Great Again rally and political fundraiser.

“Our thoughts and prayers on behalf of the nation to everyone out there in the path of Hurricane Michael, especially in the Florida Panhandle were it’s hitting, and its hitting hard,” Trump said as the rally began. ”It’s a big one — one of the biggest we’ve ever seen.”

ABC News' Meridith McGraw and Alex Mallin contributed to this report.

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  • ReviewTheFacts

    Does this include "shooting someone in Times Square?" or just making people disappear?
    We'd like to know.

  • CBinMd

    I expect some document(s) to come to light before the mid-term elections, it will be interesting to see WHERE they come from...

  • j penske

    So Trump met with Kanye, and he keeps talking about the Russia probe. In the meantime, people in the Florida panhandle just got devastated by Michael. That shows how much he cares about the Floridians. Shouldn't he at least be in Florida throwing out paper towels ?

  • kcmookie

    I actually like the fact that the Russian investigation has been relegated to the back page the past week or so by the media. Let things die down a bit, guys like Mueller work best when left to simply do their job. Hopefully we will get some closure after the mid-terms.

  • kritikosman

    Mueller will do what's necessary too.

  • cammosutra

    Nunes should be taken to the woodshed. No medal of honor or freedom, no $200 for passing go. Straight to the woodshed. He has done huge damage to a very important US House Committee on which he serves. For which I suspect Putin is very happy about

  • molimelight

    What's scary is that, even if there was overwhelming evidence of Trump's knowledge of his campaign engaging the Russians in an effort to influence the election and he was impeached in the House, the hard core Trumpites in the Senate (McConnell & Graham & Grassley, Etc.) would not vote to convict. They are drunk with power and like the feeling it gives them too much to put country first.

  • Mike D

    If Canada can find a great candidate why can't we? This is a big country.

    "An opinion poll conducted earlier this year revealed more Americans would like Mr Trudeau to occupy the White House than Mr Trump." -- Sky

  • Jay Seifert

    So why is the blowhard doing a campaign rally DURING the hurricane? Did not this hypocrite criticize Obama for doing the EXACT same thing. Freaking CRIMINAL POTUS!

  • Ptah

    This should be interesting, since to do him any good it would have to happen before the election. Most of Don the Con's options are worse than having the investigation continue. He could Fire Rosenstein and then Mueller. That would go over well. He could fire Jeff Sessions and then Mueller. Equally bad, or worse. Lastly he could actually try to testify under oath. Assuming he didn't immediately burst into flames after "So Help Me God," he would probably immediately perjure himself. So, Nope, Not going to Happen! His Facilitators and Co-Conspirators would probably tackle him, take away his phone, and tie him up unil after the election if he even tried to do any of those. They know how it would end.

  • MauiOhana808

    "whatever is "necessary to get it over with" claiming the investigation has caused "division" and is "bad for the country."

    I would say that donye is bad for our country and he has caused division!!!!
    MAKE AMERICA HAPPY AGAIN!!!
    Thank you Special Prosecutor Mueller, the grand jury and YOU the America Voter!!!!
    VOTE BLUE IN NOVEMBER!!!
    Aloha :^D

  • Forward forward

    Everything except tell the truth.

  • Sj Watson

    How does he even move with the weight of his ego?

  • Clyde Delgato

    Given that Trump is now the standard for what it means to be "Presidential", I seriously envision Kanye as our next President. He is exactly what we apparently want in a President. He has all the skills we require of a President and he is also obviously a stable genius. Assuming were still a country in 2024, if Trump decides to step down and assuming the Presidency doesn't just pass to Donald Jr., Kanye will be the next President of the United States. No doubt about it. When it happens remember I called it.

  • RohnertPark1

    Hopefully the resolution is Trump's resignation.

  • Nearl56 12

    Nice summary of Trump abuse of power.

  • okiejoe

    We could give Nunes the Flying Fickle Finger of Fate. That hasn't been presented in a while and he certainly deserves it.

  • madison55

    A admission of guilt if the probe is stopped. Why doesnt he just do his job and ignore it??

  • Prophet With Honor

    Get Pence to sign a postdated pardon and walk away.

  • BLW51

    "Current lead attorney, Rudy Giuliani, told ABC News in August that his team had submitted a response to special counsel Robert Mueller asking to limit the scope of an interview with Trump especially as it relates to obstruction of justice." In other words, Mueller wouldn't be able to ask any questions that might cause Trump to admit doing anything wrong or perjure himself.

  • Thermador Goldin

    Plead guilty.

  • Guiseppe Bootsky Zwei

    "Maybe we'll call it the Medal of Freedom because we actually give them, the high awards for civilians"

    Is that even English?

  • rightened

    Isn't it great how our President made the White House on more than one occasion, and yet nobody can do anything and nobody cares? Can't even call him on it or is minions chime up that it's "old news."

  • Life's a River

    All he has to do is resign. When Nixon resigned and boarded Marine One for the last time, he immediately faded into history. Ford pardoned him, and he vanished from public scrutiny. If Trump resigns, he can go back to ripping off contractors on his hotels. Nobody will care.

  • gypsy

    Trump also said that California Republican Rep. Devin Nunes “should get
    the Medal of Honor” for his role in pushing back against the Russia
    probe. "What he's gone through, and his bravery, he should get a very
    important medal."

    What the????????

  • Robert

    What a moron.

  • Phoenix Punk

    "Hurricane Kanye can wait, let's talk about Micheal's wonderful hat."

  • Anthony

    What is holding up the Russian investigation is that Trump is president, and the Justice Department will not indict a sitting president. If Trump resigns, Mueller will indict Trump, and the Russian investigation will end.

  • Mike D

    Yeah, "just Get it Over" won't go over too well here on ABC It's their "cash cow"

  • Chuck

    Sit for questions? Perjury in 3,2,1. He would perjure himself in the first three minutes as he has lied so much he doesn't remember his own lies. His staff can't keep the lying straight either. They lie to cover the lie to cover the lie to cover the lie to cover the lie to cover the lie. It is never ending when you are so prolific at one of you best attributes.