Atlanta attorney named as potential candidate to replace James Comey

Larry Thompson, a current UGA law professor who served as deputy attorney general of the United States from 2001 to 2003, has been identified as a potential replacement for fired FBI Director James Comey. 

On Wednesday, Politico included Thompson in a list of 11 likely candidates to lead the FBI. Other contenders for the spot include former House Intelligence Committee chairman Mike Rogers, Congressman Trey Gowdy, and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani. 

CBS42 interviewed Atlanta attorney Brian Douglas, who knows Thompson well. He said that the former Bush appointee would bring diversity to the Justice Department. 

"He would actually be the first African American to be the director of the FBI," Douglas said. 

Thompson has been especially visible following the confirmation of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a long-time friend of his. On the same day that Georgia Congressman John Lewis testified against Sessions at a confirmation hearing, Thompson defended the former Alabama Senator against allegations of racism. 

“I’ve practiced law for 43 years,” Thompson told the committee. “I’ve spent a lot of time being concerned about diversity in our profession. I’ve spent a lot of time being concerned about equal rights. Jeff Sessions will be a very good attorney general, and I have no problem with his character as it relates to his willingness to enforce our laws.”