Clapper: Loyalty pledge would be 'out of character' for Comey

Clapper: Loyalty pledge would be 'out of character' for Comey
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“I would find that profoundly out of character for what I know of Jim Comey and his integrity. I would find that very surprising,” Clapper told ABC’s “This Week” when asked about a report saying Trump asked Comey to pledge his loyalty to him.

Clapper said he has no insight as to what was discussed between Comey and Trump at a dinner, but said going to dinner with the president would not be unusual.

“When the president asks you to dinner you go,” said Clapper.


Following Comey’s firing last week, a report emerged that said Comey refused to pledge loyalty to Trump when asked to do so in January.

But the White House denied that Trump made such a request of the former FBI head.

“No,” White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters on Friday at the daily press briefing when asked about the report. “The president wants loyalty to this country and to the rule of law."

Trump fired Comey last Tuesday in a signed letter that called for “a new beginning” at the FBI.