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FBI Director James Comey discusses race and law enforcement, Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, at Georgetown University in Washington. Comey said the nation is at a “crossroads” on matters of race relations and law enforcement, saying the country must confront hard truths following the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner and the slayings of two police officers in New York. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

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Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James B. Comey listens to a question from a reporter during a media conference in San Francisco on Feb. 27, 2014. (Associated Press) **FILE**

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FBI Director James B. Comey speaks during a news conference in Portland, Ore., in this Oct. 1, 2014 file photo. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File)

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National Edition News cover for October 19, 2014 - FBI claims 'dark' smartphone technology could hinder good guys: FBI Director James Comey speaks about the impact of technology on law enforcement, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, at Brookings Institution in Washington. Comey gave a stark warning Thursday against smartphone data encryption, saying homicide cases could be stalled, suspects could go free and “justice may be denied because of a locked phone or an encrypted hard drive.” (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

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FBI Director James Comey stark warning Thursday against smartphone data encryption that could hinder law enforcement. (Associated Press)

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FBI Director James Comey says an agent impersonated an Associated Press reporter during a 2007 criminal investigation, a ruse the news organization says could undermine its credibility. (Associated Press)

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FBI Director James Comey, backed by law enforcement personnel and prosecutors, addresses a news conference Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at the FBI Minneapolis field office in Brooklyn Center, Minn. Comey said the arrest Sunday of a Libyan militant in the deadly attack on Americans in Benghazi is a very good day for law enforcement and added that the FBI's No. 1 priority remains counterterrorism. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

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** FILE ** FBI Director James Comey testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 26, 2014, before a House Appropriations, Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies subcommittee hearing on the FBI fiscal 2015 budget. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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President Barack Obama talks with FBI Director James Comey during Comey's installation as FBI director, Monday, Oct. 28,2013, at FBI Headquarters in Washington. The president said he picked Comey to lead the FBI after interviewing many other candidates for the job. The president said at an installation ceremony for the new FBI director Monday afternoon that it wasn't Comey's educational or professional background that made him the the choice. He said it was a sense that Comey knows what's right and what's wrong. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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FBI Director James Comey testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 21, 2104, before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the oversight of the FBI. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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FBI Director James Comey testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 21, 2014, before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on oversight of the FBI. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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** FILE ** FBI Director James Comey testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 26, 2014, before a House Appropriations, Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies subcommittee hearing on the FBI fiscal 2015 budget. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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President Barack Obama talks with FBI Director James Comey during Comey's installation as FBI director, Monday, Oct. 28,2013, at FBI Headquarters in Washington. The president said he picked Comey to lead the FBI after interviewing many other candidates for the job. The president said at an installation ceremony for the new FBI director Monday afternoon that it wasn't Comey's educational or professional background that made him the the choice. He said it was a sense that Comey knows what's right and what's wrong. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)