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 McCainCongress must use bipartisan oversight as the gold standard The Hill's Morning Report — Ford, Kavanaugh to testify Thursday as another accuser comes forward Trump hits McCain on ObamaCare vote MORE (R-Ariz.) at a hearing Wednesday morning focused on foreign influence operations on social media. 

Chairman Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrHillicon Valley: Rosenstein drama dominates the day | Biz, regulators focus on 5G revolution | New questions over Trump cyber strategy Key House Dem's objections stall intel bill as deadline looms Trump assures storm victims in Carolinas: 'We will be there 100 percent' 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 ComeyWhy must everything Rosenstein be filled with drama?   Dems fight to protect Mueller amid Rosenstein rumors Trump to meet with Rosenstein on Thursday MORE last year.

"A seat saved for Senator McCain at today's Senate Intel hearing," Sen. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerKey House Dem's objections stall intel bill as deadline looms Russia docs order sets Trump on collision with intel community Hillicon Valley: North Korean IT firm hit with sanctions | Zuckerberg says Facebook better prepared for midterms | Big win for privacy advocates in Europe | Bezos launches B fund to help children, homeless MORE (D-Va.), the top Democrat on the committee, noted in a tweet Wednesday morning.