Fred Thompson Quits TV Show, Moves Closer To Presidential Bid

Washington (AP) -- Actor Fred Thompson is giving up his role as a prosecutor on the TV series "Law & Order," perhaps for a run at the White House.

The show's creator and executive producer Dick Wolf says Thompson asked for his release Wednesday. Wolf says the former Tennessee Senator told him he "has not made a firm decision about his political future," but the show's production schedule would create constraints.

Thompson has yet to announce he's seeking the Republican Presidential Nomination, but GOP officials with knowledge of his plans say he'll make his first formal campaign move soon. He's expected to establish an exploratory committee in the coming days, a move that would allow Thompson to hire a staff and begin fundraising.

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