DOJ pushes back on McCabe saying he learned of firing from press release

The Department of Justice (DOJ) pushed back on a report Friday that former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeMcCabe says it's 'absolutely' time to launch impeachment inquiry into Trump McCabe says it's 'absolutely' time to launch impeachment inquiry into Trump Feds gone wild: DOJ's stunning inability to prosecute its own bad actors MORE learned of his firing from a press release.

A DOJ spokeswoman told The Hill that "Mr. McCabe and his lawyer were informed in advance of the news media" after a representative for McCabe told CNN that the No. 2 FBI official learned of his firing by Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsSarah Sanders to leave White House Sarah Sanders to leave White House Barr compares his return to DOJ to D-Day invasion MORE through a press release.

McCabe, who served with the FBI for more than 20 years, was fired Friday just two days shy of when he was set to retire, potentially jeopardizing his pension. McCabe had stepped down under pressure in January and was already on a leave of absence.

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Other former Trump administration officials have faced unceremonious ends to their careers.

Earlier this week, Trump ousted Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonBolton says Russia, China seeking to promote discord in Trump administration Bolton says Russia, China seeking to promote discord in Trump administration Trump's nastiest break-ups: A look at the president's most fiery feuds MORE, who reportedly knew of his impending ouster ahead of time but was surprised when it was announced Tuesday on Twitter.

"The Secretary did not speak to the President this morning and is unaware of the reason, but he is grateful for the opportunity to serve, and still believes strongly that public service is a noble calling and not to be regretted," read a statement from a top Tillerson aide at the State Department who was later fired.

Former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyFive memorable moments from Sarah Sanders at the White House Five memorable moments from Sarah Sanders at the White House Under Trump, our democracy is for sale MORE also reportedly learned of his firing last year from a TV news report while speaking to employees at an FBI field office.

The Los Angeles Times reported last year that Comey initially thought the news was a prank, before staffers pulled him aside to inform him of the news from the White House.