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FBI Director James Comey addresses the media  on April 5  in Detroit.

FBI Director James Comey said Wednesday that he’s keeping careful track of the investigation into Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s email server, in part to make sure the probe isn’t affected by politics.

“I love the FBI because we aspire to, and I think we are, three things: We’re honest, we’re competent, we’re independent. We’re not perfect. We’re competent, we’re independent,” Comey said in response to an audience member’s question during an appearance at Kenyon College in Ohio.

“I’ve stayed close to that investigation to ensure that it’s done that way. That we have the resources, the technology, the people and that there’s no outside influence. So, if I talk about an investigation while it’s going on there’s a risk that I’ll compromise both the reality and the perception that it’s done honestly, competently and independently. So, I’m going to say no comment to that.”