FBI Nominee Wray: Nobody Asked Me for a Loyalty Oath and I Wouldn’t Offer One

Christopher Wray, President Donald Trump's nominee to be the next director of the FBI, said Wednesday that nobody in the Trump administration asked him for a loyalty oath and that he would not give one if asked.

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D., Vt.) asked Wray, who was testifying at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, about any expectation of a loyalty pledge from the administration.

"From what we've seen from the White House, they may be expecting your loyalty, just as the president did with Director Comey," Leahy said. "Now you told me yesterday there's been no question by anybody in the White House asking you for a pledge of loyalty. Is that correct?"

"That's correct, senator," Wray said. "My loyalty is to the Constitution, to the rule of law, and to the mission of the FBI, and no one asked me for any kind of loyalty oath at any point during this process. And I sure as heck didn't offer one."

Leahy was referring to reports that Trump had asked former FBI Director James Comey for an oath of loyalty during a private conversation and was refused months before Trump fired Comey.