In the midst of nearly 14 hours of intense, heated testimony before the House Intelligence Committee this week, FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe claimed that his former boss, James Comey, told him about being asked for a loyalty oath by Donald Trump during a dinner with the president early in 2017. His statement seems to add credence to Comey’s own testimony before the committee this past June. Comey’s conversations about the episode with McCabe and other agents within the FBI could also be an integral part of any obstruction of justice charge the Robert Mueller investigation might bring against Trump.
According to an article in The Hill, Comey had testified in June that Trump had called him to a private dinner while Comey was still head of the FBI and pressed him for a personal oath of loyalty on two occasions during the meal. Comey claims he responded that he could give Trump “honesty loyalty,” meaning that he would promise to respond to the president truthfully, if not always in lockstep with Trump’s wishes. Comey was fired by the president shortly after this dinner was said to have taken place. Donald Trump has vehemently and repeatedly denied that he asked Comey for a loyalty pledge.
McCabe’s testimony is the first that has been publicly revealed that could corroborate Comey’s statement.