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Trump Signs Law-Enforcement Bills Into Law

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President Donald Trump, with Vice President Mike Pence, left, flanked by members of law enforcement, gestures while speaking before signing a bill in the Diplomatic Reception Room at the White House, June 2, 2017, in Washington.

U.S. President Donald Trump has signed into law two bills enhancing benefits for law-enforcement officers and providing funds to encourage veterans of military service to join police forces.

Trump signed the bills Friday in the Diplomatic Reception room of the White House.

"This has been a long time in the making," he said as he posed for photographers with copies of the new laws, a broad smile on his face.

"Supporting law enforcement is my unwavering commitment," Trump said.

FILE -Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. is followed by reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, May 23, 2017.
FILE -Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. is followed by reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, May 23, 2017.

Earlier Friday, U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham, one of the most vocal Republican critics of Trump's dismissal of former FBI Director James Comey, met with the president.

Interviewed on television (Fox News Friday) afterwards, Graham said he is concerned about the impact of Comey's scheduled testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee next week about his contacts with Trump before he was fired.

"Here's what I worry about," Graham said. "[Comey] will just focus on his conversation with the president and not answer any other questions because of the investigation" - referring to the ongoing FBI and Department of Justice probes concerning contacts between Trump's campaign staff and Russian government officials before last year's U.S. election.

"That would be a hit job on President Trump," Graham said. "And I hope this hearing doesn't become a hit job on President Trump."

Comey's testimony is scheduled for Thursday, June 8.

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