FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe has his old boss’s back.
During an hours-long grilling before the House Judiciary and Oversight committees on Thursday, McCabe supported former FBI Director James Comey’s claim that President Trump asked him for an oath of loyalty.
CNN correspondent Manu Raju (who created the infamously misleading report about Donald Trump, Jr.’s correspondence with Wikileaks) described McCabe’s closed-door testimony before lawmakers.
“Remember what James Comey said earlier this year, that he spoke with President Trump on multiple occasions, including over at dinner and there was an ask of loyalty at one point from President Trump to James Comey,” Raju said.
The CNN reporter told Wolf Blitzer McCabe could potentially “corroborate” Comey’s statement about a “loyalty” request from the president.
“Now, what McCabe told the House Intelligence Committee, we’re told, is that Comey told him about those conversations contemporaneously. That conversation happened soon after. That suggests that McCabe could corroborate what James Comey said because he’s essentially a contemporaneous witness to Comey’s account.”
Raju noted that Comey previously asserted he told senior FBI leadership about the exchange with President Trump, but did not name McCabe at the time.
“Now, we should note that Trump has strongly denied what Comey has said, including the suggestion that Comey back off the investigation of Michael Flynn, the fired national security adviser.
“But clearly, Comey did tell his senior leadership and that’s one thing that Comey did say in his public testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, that he did talk to senior officials but he never named Andrew McCabe but McCabe himself told the House Intelligence Committee this week that that conversation did occur between the two of them.”
During the questioning, members of the House asked McCabe about a range of topics, including the FBI’s handling of the Clinton private email server investigation and its use of the Trump dossier.