LAWFUEL – The Law News Wire – Fred Thompson, a star of NBC’s “Law & O…

LAWFUEL – The Law News Wire – Fred Thompson, a star of NBC’s “Law & Order,” told show producer Dick Wolf that he won’t return for the new season in September, the latest sign he may run for president next year, Bloomgergs report.

Thompson, a former Republican senator from Tennessee, didn’t discuss any future political plans but “asked to be released from his responsibilities on the show,” Wolf said in an e-mailed statement.

“He told me he has not made a firm decision about his political future,” Wolf said in the statement hours after one of Thompson’s campaign aides said the former senator would be raising money for the Republican nomination next week.

On “Law & Order,” Thompson plays “Arthur Branch,” a New York City district attorney. He served in the Senate from 1993, when he was elected to finish Al Gore’s term, to 2003.

“We’ve loved having Fred as part of our team these past several years, and we wish him the very best in the future,” Marc Graboff, NBC Entertainment and NBC Universal Television Studio co-chairman, said in an e-mail statement.

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