McCabe Confirms to Congress Comey Told Him About Trump Loyalty Pledge

Andrew McCabe, FBI deputy director, testified before the House Intelligence Committee and said that former FBI Director James Comey told him about conversations he had with President Donald Trump, CNN reports, citing three unnamed sources with knowledge of the matter.

The testimony suggests McCabe could corroborate Comey’s account, including Trump’s request for loyalty, which the president has disputed. Previously, former FBI director testified that he briefed some of his senior colleagues at the bureau about that conversation with the president.

McCabe appeared for more than 16 hours of testimony behind closed doors in two sessions and the testimonies happened this week. The deputy director testified before members of House Intelligence, Oversight and Judiciary committees. In the meantime, Republicans critical of FBI’s handling of the investigations call for the firing of McCabe.

McCabe was interrogated by Intelligence Committee Republicans about how the FBI used the dossier compiled by a British agent alleging collusion between Trump campaign and Russia. Unnamed sources told CNN there were Republicans who were not satisfied with the responses.

McCabe also answered questions about the FBI’s handling of the Clinton email investigation and about internal emails Republicans believe showed Comey mishandled the investigation.

After the Thursday hearing two Republicans said McCabe’s testimony did not change their belief that Clinton got favorable treatment by the FBI when it decided not to pursue criminal charges last year over the handling of her private email server, but they did not provide details about what McCabe said because of the confidential nature of the interview. Last summer, Comey announced that Clinton would not be charged in the email server investigation.

Thursday’s hearing is the first one connected to the joint investigation into Comey’s handling of the Clinton email case, which was launched this year by the Oversight and Judiciary committees.

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