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 CoatsDaniel (Dan) Ray CoatsThe Hill's 12:30 Report DOJ warns the media could be targeted in crackdown on leaks Conway: Leaks of Trump's calls should have 'chilling effect' 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 WarnerTrump declares 'racism is evil' after firestorm How the New South became a swing region How to fix Fannie and Freddie to give Americans affordable housing MORE (D-Va.), signaled after the firing that they still wanted Comey to attend the hearing.

Sen. Ron WydenRon WydenTrump's Democratic tax dilemma Senate Dems push Trump admin to protect nursing home residents' right to sue Overnight Finance: Trump-Russia probe reportedly expands to possible financial crimes | Cruel September looms for GOP | Senate clears financial nominees | Mulvaney reverses on debt ceiling 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."