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Former Attorney General responds to Comey firing

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Gonzalez served as AG under former President George W. Bush. (WSMV) Gonzalez served as AG under former President George W. Bush. (WSMV)
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Former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez, now the dean of Belmont University's College of Law, said he was surprised at the timing of FBI Director's James Comey's dismissal.

Gonzalez, who served as attorney general under President George W. Bush, said he was surprised given the ongoing investigation into potential ties between the Donald Trump campaign and the Russian government.

Comey was Deputy Attorney General under Gonzalez from 2003 to 2005. The former Attorney General believes Comey did make some mistakes in the past year. However, he’s quick to point out when a new president comes in, most everyone from the previous administration is let go.

However, the FBI directorship is a little different. The director serves a 10-year term. Whoever is director is expected to serve the complete term.

Gonzalez said if there were concerns about Comey's job performance, a change should have been made immediately.

The former Attorney General said he doesn't believe the country is facing a constitutional crisis.

“I want to reassure viewers if in fact there was collusion between the Trump administration and the Russian government, the FBI is going to find that out or the Congress is going to find that out or the American media is going to find that out," said Gonzalez. "The truth is going to come out, particularly now. Now there's, I think, even greater urgency in making sure the investigations continue and that we know once and for all whether or not there was any collusion."

Gonzalez said he has no idea who could or would be considered a replacement for Comey. He still believes the FBI Director position is a desirable position.  

Gonzalez said the goal now is finding someone who will restore confidence to the American public and Congress and that the FBI is doing investigations and not swayed by politics.

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