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 CoatsTop state election official questions why Trump is downplaying threat of Russian election interference: report Russian bots turn to gun control after Florida high school shooting: report The case alleging Russian collusion is not closed 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 Robert WarnerLawmakers worry about rise of fake video technology Mueller indictment reveals sophisticated Russian manipulation effort GOP cautious, Dems strident in reaction to new indictments MORE (D-Va.), signaled after the firing that they still wanted Comey to attend the hearing.

Sen. Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenOvernight Health Care: Trump eases rules on insurance outside ObamaCare | HHS office on religious rights gets 300 complaints in a month | GOP chair eyes opioid bill vote by Memorial Day Trump eases rules on insurance sold outside of ObamaCare Grassley, Dems step up battle over judicial nominees 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."