FBI deputy confirmed to Congress that Comey told him about Trump loyalty pledge: report

FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe testified before the House Intelligence Committee that former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyThere was nothing remotely treasonous in Trump's performance with Putin Opinion: One FBI text message in Russia probe that should alarm every American Clapper: Intel officials showed Trump evidence of Putin's role in election meddling MORE told him about conversations he had with President TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff: Surveillance warrant docs show that Nunes memo 'misrepresented and distorted these applications' Chicago detention facility under investigation following allegations of abuse of migrant children Ex-Trump aide: Surveillance warrants are 'complete ignorance' and 'insanity' MORE, including Trump’s request for loyalty, according to a new report.

CNN reports that McCabe told lawmakers during his testimony this week that Comey told him about conversations he had with Trump after they occurred. 

McCabe told the committee that Comey also told him about Trump’s request for loyalty, according to CNN’s Manu Raju.

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During his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee in June, Comey said that Trump asked him for his loyalty during a January dinner at the White House.

"I need loyalty. I expect loyalty," Trump said, according to Comey.

Comey said he didn't respond to Trump's request, but the president returned to the subject later in the dinner, again repeating that he needed loyalty. Ultimately, Comey allowed that Trump would get "honesty loyalty" from him.

Trump has disputed Comey’s account of the conversation, saying he never asked Comey for his loyalty.

The revelation could mean McCabe can corroborate Comey's account of the conversation.

McCabe faced a nearly eight-hour grilling from the House Intelligence Committee this week as Republicans ramp up their charges that the FBI, Justice Department and special counsel Robert Mueller are biased against Trump. Mueller's team is probing Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election, including any connections between Trump's campaign team and Moscow.