By Patrick O’Connell Vice President Joe Biden will speak to the House Intelligence panel on Thursday about the FBI’s investigation into a deadly attack in Virginia on Sunday.
The panel’s top Democrat on the House intelligence panel, Rep. Adam Schiff, will be the first member of the panel to speak at Biden’s event, according to a news release from the committee.
The vice president’s appearance follows reports of intense political pressure to speak before the panel, after his administration was forced to delay an investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
A spokesman for Schiff said in a statement that he is happy to be part of a bipartisan effort to better understand and address these events.
“This is a time for Congress to engage with the FBI to learn from its investigation and seek answers for the people of Virginia,” Schiff said.
“This is an opportunity to better share our best information and ideas on how to move forward.”
The panel has been conducting an investigation since April into a possible terrorist attack at a church that killed at least nine people and injured more than 50 others.
A source close to the investigation told NBC News that the panel will have the power to subpoena witnesses.
The source, who requested anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly, said the panel is investigating whether the attack was carried out by a domestic extremist group.
President Donald Trump’s administration has denied any involvement in the attack, and it has denied that the president ordered the attack.
The attack comes just days after Trump called for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.
The administration has said the order was not politically motivated.