Acting FBI head to testify before Senate panel

The acting FBI director will testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday, two days after President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey. 

Andrew McCabe will testify in lieu of Comey, the panel announced Wednesday.

National Intelligence Director Dan CoatsDan CoatsThe Memo: GOP pushes Trump to curb Mueller attacks Merkley: Trump 'absolutely' tried to intimidate Comey Coats: Trump seemed obsessed with Russia probe MORE and CIA Director Mike Pompeo will also also testify at the Intelligence Committee’s annual hearing on worldwide threats.

McCabe, who became deputy FBI director in 2016, was promoted to acting agency head Tuesday after Trump’s surprise firing of Comey.

Democrats on the committee, including Sen. Mark WarnerMark WarnerOvernight Cybersecurity: Obama faces new scrutiny for Russia response | UK parliament cyberattacked | Election hacking fears put heat on DHS | Feds appeal to Supreme Court over data warrants Election hacking fears turn heat on Homeland Security Are Democrats trying to pin the blame for their own sins on Russia? MORE (D-Va.), signaled after the firing that they still wanted Comey to attend the hearing.

Sen. Ron WydenRon WydenOvernight Tech: Black lawmakers press Uber on diversity | Google faces record EU fine | Snap taps new lobbyist | New details on FCC cyberattack FCC chairman reveals new details about cyberattack following John Oliver segment Election hacking fears turn heat on Homeland Security MORE (D-Ore.), also a member of the Intelligence Committee, told reporters, "I think we need to have Director Comey testify as soon as possible … and, by the way, we have an open worldwide threat hearing tomorrow."