Senate Intel saves seat for McCain at hearing

Senate Intel saves seat for McCain at hearing
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The Senate Intelligence Committee saved a seat for the late Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMark Kelly's campaign raises over M in days after launching Senate bid The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Lawmakers wait for Trump's next move on border deal Mark Kelly launches Senate bid in Arizona MORE (R-Ariz.) at a hearing Wednesday morning focused on foreign influence operations on social media. 

Chairman Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Lawmakers scramble as shutdown deadline nears Drama hits Senate Intel panel’s Russia inquiry Cohen to testify before three congressional panels before going to prison MORE (R-N.C.) also began his opening remarks by honoring McCain, describing him as a senator who was “without equal” in the Senate. 

“There can be no denying that the place is a little smaller without him,” Burr said. “Arizona’s loss is our loss, and our loss is America’s loss.” 

McCain, who died on Aug. 25 after being diagnosed with brain cancer last year, was laid to rest at the U.S. Naval Academy on Sunday. U.S. officials and others also honored McCain’s legacy during a week of ceremonies in Arizona and Washington last week.

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The Intelligence Committee’s hearing Wednesday is part of the panel’s broader inquiry into Russian interference in the election.

As chairman of the Armed Services Committee, McCain was an ex-officio member of the Intelligence Committee and at times participated in hearings, including the public appearance of former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyMcCabe book: Trump pushed back on officials using Putin claim that North Korea couldn't fire long-range missiles Graham seeks new Rosenstein testimony after explosive McCabe interview Senate confirms Trump pick William Barr as new attorney general MORE last year.

"A seat saved for Senator McCain at today's Senate Intel hearing," Sen. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Lawmakers scramble as shutdown deadline nears Steel lobby's PR blitz can't paper over damaging effects of tariffs Drama hits Senate Intel panel’s Russia inquiry MORE (D-Va.), the top Democrat on the committee, noted in a tweet Wednesday morning.