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FBI director confirming inquiry into Clinton email setup

Published Oct. 1, 2015

WASHINGTON — FBI Director James Comey confirmed Thursday that the FBI is looking into the security of the setup of Hillary Rodham Clinton's email and that the agency has the appropriate "resources and personnel assigned to the matter."

In a wide-ranging conversation with reporters Thursday, Comey acknowledged the existence of the FBI inquiry and said he was following it closely and being regularly briefed on it.

But he declined to discuss details of the investigation and would not answer questions about when the inquiry might end or exactly what steps the FBI was taking as part of its review.

The FBI took possession this summer of the private email server that Clinton used as secretary of state after receiving a referral from the intelligence community about the possible exposure of classified information.

The controversy has dogged Clinton's presidential campaign.

Neither the campaign nor Clinton's lawyer has discussed the inquiry, but both have said they're cooperating. And Clinton has said repeatedly she never sent or received information that was marked as classified.

Comey declined to say whether the FBI would publicly announce its findings or whether the inquiry would be concluded ahead of next year's presidential primaries and general election.

Comey did say, though, that the FBI does not allow politics to factor into its inquiries.