Andrew McCabe, the acting director of the FBI, testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday.
Originally, James Comey was going to testify at this hearing, but Andrew McCabe took his place when Comey was fired by President Donald Trump earlier this week. Also speaking at the hearing will be Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and Director of the National Security Agency Michael Rogers.
This hearing was already scheduled before Comey’s firing earlier this week, but it obviously takes on a much greater significance in light of that massive event. McCabe will likely be asked mainly about the events leading up to the firing of James Comey.
Up until this past week, McCabe was the FBI’s deputy director. He is currently acting director until a permanent replacement for James Comey is named, although he is reportedly in consideration for the job.
The Senate Intelligence Committee is currently conducting an investigation into Russia’s attempt to influence the 2016 presidential election. They’re one of three Congressional bodies currently conducting an investigation like this, with the other three being the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism, the House Intelligence Committee, and the House Oversight Committee.