FBI Director Christopher Wray told House lawmakers Thursday that he has never been asked to take an oath of loyalty to President Trump.
"I have never been asked by the president to take any kind of loyalty oath. My loyalty is to the Constitution, to the laws of this country, and to the good men and people of America," Wray said after being asked if Trump ever sought to pressure him this way.
House Judiciary Committee member Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., noted that Trump has been known to demand "loyalty" from all of his appointees, which many Democrats fear could pressure officials like Wray who need to answer to the law, not to any single person.
Ex-FBI Director James Comey revealed that Trump told him during a private dinner conversation in January, “I need loyalty. I expect loyalty.” Comey was eventually fired by Trump in May and repeatedly denied reports that he sought such a pledge amid the FBI’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.
But Wray said Trump has not tried to pressure him this way.
When Nadler asked if Trump ever asked Wray to ignore his chain of command and "report directly to him," Wray answered, "No."