Thursday, June 8, 2017
Ryan: It was 'obviously' inappropriate for Trump to ask Comey for loyalty
(The Hill) House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said on Wednesday that it was "obviously" inappropriate for President Trump to ask for former FBI Director James Comey's loyalty.
"Obviously, I don't think that it is," Ryan told MSNBC's Greta Van Susteren, when asked whether he thought it was appropriate for a president to ask for an FBI director's loyalty.
Ryan's comments came hours after Comey's opening statement for his Thursday testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee was made public. In the statement, Comey recounts a one-on-one dinner with Trump at the White House in January, in which the president told him, "'I need loyalty, I expect loyalty.'"
According to his account, Comey explained why the FBI director should remain independent and not pledge his loyalty to the president, telling him that doing so could cause problems for the president down the line.
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