New FBI Director James Comey in Richmond

Published: Sep. 9, 2013 at 9:19 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 19, 2013 at 10:16 PM EDT
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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - On just his third day in office, the new director of the FBI came to Richmond.

James Comey is no stranger to the River City. He used to be a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney's Office here and a professor over at the University of Richmond.

Comey said he wanted his first ever trip as director to be to Richmond because, "there's no better place I've ever lived or worked."

After meeting with all the local police chiefs at the Richmond FBI office Monday afternoon, he spoke to the media about several topics - including his surprise at how hard the FBI is being hit by those massive federal budget cuts.

"Not only am I having to lose 3,000 positions, but there's a very real prospect, unless something is done, that I'm going to have to send home, for two weeks without pay, the good men and women who work in this building behind me," said Comey.

Comey also spoke about missing Nelson County teen Alexis Murphy. He said the case is difficult and that the FBI was is doing everything in its power to help.

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