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 Hillicon Valley — Scrutiny over Instagram's impact on teens Former national security officials warn antitrust bills could help China in tech race Cyber preparedness could save America's 'unsinkable aircraft carrier' 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 WarnerOvernight Energy & Environment — Presented by the American Petroleum Institute — Intelligence report warns of climate threats in all countries The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Altria - Biden holds meetings to resurrect his spending plan Democrats feel high anxiety in Biden spending conflict MORE (D-Va.), signaled after the firing that they still wanted Comey to attend the hearing.

Sen. Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenDemocrats scramble to reach deal on taxes Pelosi open to scrapping key components in spending package Under pressure, Democrats cut back spending 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."