WASHINGTON — Amid a firestorm over his firing of FBI Director James Comey, President Trump blasted out a series of missives on Twitter early Wednesday defending his move and promising to replace Comey with someone who would restore the "prestige" of the nation's top law enforcement agency.

Democrats immediately accused Trump of attempting to stifle the agency's investigation in to his campaign's ties to Russian interference in the election.

Several hours after the firing Tuesday, Democrats and Republicans found rare common ground in calls for an independent investigation into the alleged Russian links. The outrage seemed to surprise Trump and his aides, who scrambled to further explain his decision.

Trump began tweeting on the issue Tuesday night. He returned to Twitter Wednesday as he sought to frame Comey's dismissal as an effort to restore public trust in the leadership of the FBI.

The president also took aim at Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D., Conn.), who warned of a constitutional crisis in an appearance on CNN.

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