Comey: 'No outside influence' on Clinton email investigation
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FBI Director James Comey pledged Wednesday that there is "no outside influence" on the bureau's investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBiden to name longtime aide Blinken as secretary of State: report Understanding mixed results in Pennsylvania key to future elections What's behind the divisions over Biden's secretary of Labor? MORE's private email server.

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"I love the FBI because we aspire to, and I think we are, three things: We're honest, we're competent, we're independent," Comey said at Kenyon College in Ohio while responding to an audience member's question, according to Politico.  

"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," he added.

Comey told lawmakers in early March that he was closely monitoring the case and insisted it would remain independent. He said earlier this week that "the urgency is to do it well and do it promptly," adding that doing it " 'well' comes first."

The investigation continues to haunt Clinton's presidential campaign as she looks to solidify her status as the presumptive Democratic nominee with a win in New York later this month. Rival candidate Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersDemocrats brush off calls for Biden to play hardball on Cabinet picks What's behind the divisions over Biden's secretary of Labor? Young voters set turnout record, aiding Biden win MORE (I-Vt.) has notched several recent wins, including a victory in Wisconsin earlier this week.