Loyalty with Donald Trump seems to be one of the most important demands he makes from those he employs and surrounds himself with. Blasting News documented one of the points in the Trump #White House when he gave a loyal security officer a position among his staff. He has also made it quite clear that he is willing to purge his office and the government of those who are not loyal to him, such as he did with prosecutors from the Justice Department, the acting attorney general Sally Yates, Preet Bharara and even lately, former FBI Director James Comey, who had a hearing before the #Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday. Here is a clip from the press briefing on Friday.

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Loyalty pledge dinner with the President

Blasting News documented the President's response to the claim that he had told Comey to let the investigation his office was conducting on his former National Security Advisor Gen. Michael Flynn. But Comey was also asked about when the President appeared to demand loyalty from him when they had #Dinner together at the White House. Apparently, that dinner was only with James Comey and the President to the point where the former FBI Director felt uncomfortable that no one else was there. Here is a clip about those claims from May 12, before Comey's recent hearing.

The clip also includes a cut from an interview the President had with Fox News where he said that even if he did ask Comey for loyalty that there was nothing wrong with that.

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It should be mentioned that in the Blasting News article referred to above, the President made a similar comment when he was asked if he told for former FBI director that he had hoped that he could let his investigation on Flynn go. The President denied that he said that but when asked would not say that the FBI official was lying and then said that even if he did say tell Flynn to let the investigation go, that there was nothing wrong with it. The President also blatantly denied that he asked the former FBI official for loyalty, wondering who would do that under oath.

GOP defend Trump's potential obstruction of justice

Republicans made various motions to settle for everything but what James Comey had said. During his testimony, Sen. Jim Risch (R-ID) -- as Blasting News pointed out -- leaned heavily on the view the Trump didn't actually tell him to either stop the investigation but "hoped" that he would. The claims over Trump requesting loyalty was viewed by Republicans as no wrong-doing from the President, even with House Speaker Paul Ryan providing cover for Trump saying that he was new to government.

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During Comey's opening statement for the Senate Intelligence Committee, he said that the President told him that he needed and expected loyalty during their dinner in January.

The former FBI Director said during his hearing that he saw it as the President wanting him to give his loyalty to him because he wanted to stay on as the FBI director. In the rest of his statement, he added that an awkward silence followed and that he said he would always get honesty from him to which Trump said, "That's what I want. Honest loyalty." On Sunday's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos," Preet Bharara revealed that after not taking Trump's call, he was fired. At 10:35 of the following clip, Bharara explains potential patronage relationship that the President might have wanted to form with him and the chance that he was trying to stop an investigation, as Blasting News reported in the link above, that investigation was on Tom Price.