The dinner described by Comey's associates came in the early days of Trump's administration, as the FBI was investigating Russian meddling in the election and possible ties to Trump's campaign.
In a statement, Grassley said that Comey had previously briefed him and the panel's top Democrat, Senator Dianne Feinstein, and that the lawmakers "heard nothing that contradicted the president's statement". News confirms a report that Trump had asked for a pledge of loyalty from Comey during a dinner in the early days of his administration.
"For many people, including myself, it is hard to avoid the conclusion that the president's decision to remove Director Comey was related to this investigation".
Mr. Comey again replied that he would give him "honesty" and did not pledge his loyalty, according to the account of the conversation.
McCabe said "there has been no effort to impede our investigation to date", but promised to inform the Congress should the White House tries to interfere with the FBI investigation.
"You will have that", Comey told his associates he responded.
November 6, 2016 - Comey tells Congress tthat the Federal Bureau of Investigation has not changed its conclusions over Clinton's emails, saying she should not face any charges.
He's a showboat, he's a grandstander.Regardless of recommendation, I was going to fire Comey.And in fact when I made a decision to just do it I said to myself, I said, "You know, this Russian Federation thing with Trump and Russian Federation is a made-up story, it's an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should've won".
The Times said White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders disputed the account, saying Trump would "never even suggest the expectation of personal loyalty, only loyalty to our country and its great people". "He said, 'You are not under investigation'".
McCabe's hearing came after Comey was unexpectedly fired by US President Donald Trump on Tuesday evening. Moscow has denied any such interference and the Trump administration denies allegations of collusion with Russian Federation. Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., appears to be the only now serving Democratic legislator who had called for Comey to resign before Trump fired him, which he did in a November 2016 op-ed. "But he's not leading the investigation".
The dinner at which the conversation Comey related took place was on January 27th, nearly a month later.
But Mr Trump on Thursday acknowledged for the first time that the Russian Federation investigation, which he dismissed as a "made-up story", was also on his mind as he ousted the man overseeing the probe. News reporters shouldn't allow such facile spin to go unchecked.
And in fact when I chose to just do it I said to myself, I said, "You know, this Russian Federation thing with Trump and Russian Federation is a made up story, it's an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should've won".