James Comey, director of the FBI, said Wednesday he will not "tether" his investigation of Hillary Clinton's private email server to any political deadlines, telling reporters the bureau would not consider the timing of the Democratic convention or the election in November.

"We want to do it well and we want to do it promptly," Comey said of the Clinton email probe, according to Politico. "I feel pressure to do both of those things."

Comey noted the effort to do the investigation "well" was more important than doing it "promptly."

The FBI director also dismissed Clinton's characterization of the probe as a "security inquiry," instead calling it an "investigation."

Clinton and her allies have repeatedly attempted to downplay the FBI's months-long effort as a routine security inquiry that is not criminal in nature.

Scrutiny of the FBI's probe heated up last week following reports that the bureau had already questioned several of Clinton's top aides in preparation to interview the former secretary of state herself.