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 CoatsOvernight Defense: Lawmakers worry over Syria strategy | Trump's base critical of strikes | Flake undecided on Pompeo | Coast Guard plans to keep allowing transgender members | GOP chair wants to cut B from Pentagon agencies Pompeo faces difficult panel vote after grilling by Dems Pompeo confirms he was interviewed by Mueller MORE and CIA Director Mike Pompeo will also also testify at the Intelligence Committee’s annual hearing on worldwide threats.

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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 Robert WarnerRand's reversal advances Pompeo Pompeo headed for confirmation after surprise panel vote Overnight Finance: Treasury mulls sanctions relief for Russian aluminum firm | Trump floats tying NAFTA talks to border security | 14 states hit record-low unemployment MORE (D-Va.), signaled after the firing that they still wanted Comey to attend the hearing.

Sen. Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenTrump struggles to get new IRS team in place CIA declassifies memo on nominee's handling of interrogation tapes Dem senators demand Trump explain ties to Koch brothers 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."