Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe came under sharp questioning Thursday from members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, including Maine’s two senators.

Sen. Angus King asked McCabe if he agreed with a White House characterization that the investigation into Russian meddling in the U.S. election was one of the smaller ones underway.

“Is this a small investigation in relation all the other work that you are doing?” King asked McCabe.

“Sir, we consider it to be a highly significant investigation,” McCabe responded.

“So you would not characterize it as one of the smallest things you are engaged in?” King pressed.

“No, I would not,” McCabe said.

Sen. Susan Collins questioned McCabe about the resources committed to the probe.

“Has there been any curtailment of the FBI’s activities in this important investigation since Director Comey was fired?” Collins asked.

“Ma’am we don’t curtail our activities.” McCabe replied.

McCabe also told the panel that fired FBI Director James Comey is still highly regarded by most of the FBI, contradicting a White House report that Comey was unpopular among agency workers.

This article appears through a media partnership with Maine Public.