Sen. Lindsey Graham to President Trump: Stop Tweeting About the Russia Investigation

Posted May 18, 2017

Donald Trump said he expects to make a "fast decision" on a replacement for fired FBI Director James Comey, perhaps before he departs the US on May 19 for his first foreign trip as president.

Mr. Trump told reporters on Air Force One that he may select Comey's successor before leaving for his first foreign trip next week.

"I think the process is going to go quickly", Trump added before flying to Lynchburg, Va., to deliver Liberty University's commencement address. They've been vetted over their lifetime, essentially.

FBI Director James Comey, left, was abruptly "terminated" by US President Donald Trump earlier in the week.

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But Comey's firing came days after he reportedly asked for more resources to advance the FBI's investigation into Russia's interference in the USA presidential election.

"Listen, I don't have the foggiest whether there are tapes are not, but the fact that the president made allusions to that and then the White House would not confirm or deny, it is not anything we have seen in recent days", Warner told ABC's "This Week" on Sunday.

Among those expected to be coming in Saturday are acting Federal Bureau of Investigation director Andrew McCabe and Alice Fisher, a top Justice Department official in the George W. Bush administration.

The decision is subject to confirmation by the U.S. Senate, where Republicans have a majority.

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The White House initially said Trump was compelled to fire Comey after a critical memo from the deputy attorney general on the director's handling of last year's investigation into Clinton's use of a private e-mail server.

Adam Lee, special agent in charge of the FBI's Richmond, Virginia, office, was also interviewing Saturday afternoon. Trump's dismissal letter to Comey says the move was necessary "to restore the public's trust and confidence in its vital law enforcement mission".

Trump fired Comey on Tuesday, and the president said in an NBC News exclusive interview on Thursday that he had been planning to do so regardless of what the Department of Justice recommended.

A separate report from the Associated Press found the Senate intelligence committee had subpoenaed former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn for documents related to the panel's investigation into Russia's election meddling. He thanked the crowd for their support and repeatedly invoked his own unlikely election victory.

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"You can't be cute about tapes", Graham said. "Nothing is easier or more pathetic than being a critic, because they're people that can't get the job done".