Rubio: McCabe 'should've been allowed to finish through the weekend'

Rubio: McCabe 'should've been allowed to finish through the weekend'
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Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioBreak glass in case of emergency — but not for climate change Democrats join GOP in pressuring Biden over China, virus origins Senators introduce bipartisan bill to expand foreign aid partnerships MORE (R-Fla.) on Sunday criticized the timing of Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeThe FBI should turn off the FARA faucet John Durham's endgame: Don't expect criminal charges Carter Page sues over surveillance related to Russia probe MORE’s firing, which came just days before the former FBI deputy director was set to retire.

“I don't like the way it happened. He should've been allowed to finish through the weekend,” Rubio said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

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“Obviously [President TrumpDonald TrumpMeghan McCain: Democrats 'should give a little credit' to Trump for COVID-19 vaccine Trump testing czar warns lockdowns may be on table if people don't get vaccinated Overnight Health Care: CDC details Massachusetts outbreak that sparked mask update | White House says national vaccine mandate 'not under consideration at this time' MORE] doesn't like McCabe and he's made that pretty clear now for over a year,” Rubio said.

“We need to be very careful about taking these very important entities and smearing everybody in them with a broad stroke.”

McCabe’s abrupt ouster ignited a political firestorm in Washington on Saturday.

Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsWant to evaluate Donald Trump's judgment? Listen to Donald Trump Democrat stalls Biden's border nominee Garland strikes down Trump-era immigration court rule, empowering judges to pause cases MORE fired McCabe on Friday, saying that the FBI's former No. 2 official had misled congressional investigators and leaked information to the press.

But McCabe claimed his firing was a political maneuver intended to undermine the special counsel investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.