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 RubioInviting Kim Jong Un to Washington Venezuela closes border with Brazil The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump escalates fight with NY Times MORE (R-Fla.) on Sunday criticized the timing of Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeRosenstein: My time at DOJ is 'coming to an end' Five takeaways from McCabe’s allegations against Trump Jordan says Oversight should be more focused on McCabe, Rosenstein ahead of Cohen testimony 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 John TrumpSchiff urges GOP colleagues to share private concerns about Trump publicly US-China trade talks draw criticism for lack of women in pictures Overnight Defense: Trump to leave 200 troops in Syria | Trump, Kim plan one-on-one meeting | Pentagon asks DHS to justify moving funds for border wall 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 SessionsEx-Trump aide: Can’t imagine Mueller not giving House a ‘roadmap’ to impeachment Rosenstein: My time at DOJ is 'coming to an end' Five takeaways from McCabe’s allegations against Trump 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.