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Atlanta attorney possible replacement for fired FBI director James Comey

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ATLANTA (CBS46) -

A well-known Atlanta attorney could be on the short list of candidates to replace recently fired FBI director James Comey.

Larry Thompson spent time as a U.S. Deputy Attorney General, the second highest position in the Department of Justice and worked as U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Georgia.

Thompson also worked in the private sector as Senior Vice President for Government Affairs and General Counsel for Pepsi Corporation. He was also a partner at Atlanta-based law firm King and Spalding.

Atlanta attorney Brian Douglas knows Thompson well and says he can see why there's so much speculation that Thompson could be the next director of the FBI.

"I think the diversity of his experience is fantastic because being general counsel for Pepsico, being in the government, being a special prosecutor, he was a fellow at the Brookings Institution, he's been around and he's done so many different things," said Douglas.

Douglas said Thompson also has a connection to the Trump administration.

"I think it's no secret that he's actually good friends with (U.S. Attorney General) Jeff Sessions. What a lot of people don't know is that the director of the FBI actually reports to the attorney general," said Douglas. "I don't think it hurts that Jeff Sessions and Larry Thompson are friends to get his name on the list."

CBS46 reached out to Thompson, but he declined to comment on the matter.

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