Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe is appearing before Congress in his new role Thursday, taking what was supposed to be fired FBI Director James Comey’s place at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on worldwide threats.
Other witnesses include Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Dan Coats, CIA Director Mike Pompeo, National Security Agency (NSA) Director Admiral Mike Rogers as well as the heads of other agencies.
The hearing had been scheduled in advance of President Trump’s decision fire to Comey as FBI director on Tuesday.
Follow our live updates below.
Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein enters separate committee room
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was seen walking into a separate room used by the Senate Intelligence Committee. Chairman Burr announced that he and Warner had to step out for an “important” meeting that couldn’t wait.
Comey enjoyed “broad support” within the FBI, McCabe says
McCabe said that he worked very closely with Comey at the FBI and worked for him running the bureau’s Washington field office.
“I can tell you that I hold Director Comey in the absolute highest regard,” McCabe said.
McCabe added that Comey “enjoyed broad support within the FBI and still does to this day,” contradicting the White House’s claim that Comey had lost the support of rank-and-file members of the FBI.
McCabe says FBI has “adequate resources” for Russia probe despite Comey’s request
Heinrich asked McCabe if the FBI has “adequate resources for existing investigations that the bureau is invested in.
McCabe said that if he’s referring to the Russia investigation, he said, “I believe we have the adequate resources to do it.”
CBS News reported on Wednesday that Comey requested more resources for the probe from the Justice Department last week.
McCabe says he met with Trump this week, says Russia did not come up
Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-New Mexico, asked McCabe when he last met with President Trump.
“I don’t think I’m in a position to comment on that,” McCabe initially said.
“I have met with the president this week,” he added.
Asked if Russia did not come up during the meeting with the president, McCabe said, “That’s correct. It did not.”
McCabe says he won’t update White House on Russia probe
Wyden asked McCabe if he would refrain from providing updates on the Russian investigation to the White House.
“I will,” McCabe said.
CIA director declines to weigh in on Sally Yates’ warning about Michael Flynn
Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, said that one of the few key unanswered questions is why President Trump didn’t fire Michael Flynn as national security adviser after Acting Attorney General Sally Yates warned the White House about Flynn being vulnerable to blackmail. Wyden asked Pompeo, the CIA director, if he knew about Yates’ warning.
“I don’t have any comment on that,” Pompeo said. “