Angus King: McCabe firing seemed 'mean-spirited'

Angus King: McCabe firing seemed 'mean-spirited'
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Sen. Angus KingAngus KingSenate falling behind on infrastructure Hillicon Valley: Senators introduce bill to require some cyber incident reporting | UK citizen arrested in connection to 2020 Twitter hack | Officials warn of cyber vulnerabilities in water systems Bipartisan group says it's still on track after setback on Senate floor MORE (I-Maine) on Sunday criticized the firing of FBI Deputy Director 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, saying it was “rushed” and “mean-spirited.”

“My problem is the timing and the way it all worked. It just seemed mean-spirited to come down on a guy within 48 hours of his scheduled retirement,” King said on CBS’s “Face The Nation.” 

“It appears to have been compressed in order to take vengeance on this guy for some reason, and I don’t think that’s the way we should be governing,” he added.

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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 for not being forthcoming with investigators during an inspector general review.

President TrumpDonald TrumpCuban embassy in Paris attacked by gasoline bombs Trump Jr. inches past DeSantis as most popular GOP figure in new poll: Axios Trump endorses Ken Paxton over George P. Bush in Texas attorney general race MORE, who has personally attacked McCabe in the past, quickly praised that decision on Twitter, accusing McCabe of corrupt tactics and calling his firing a "great day for Democracy."  

McCabe issued a statement after he was fired in which he argued that his ouster was driven by the Trump administration in an effort to undermine special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE's investigation.

King on Sunday said he’d like to see what an upcoming inspector general report says about McCabe’s behavior and any wrongdoing. Even if it’s shown McCabe violated FBI protocol or other rules, King said, he believes his firing “was clearly rushed.”

“I think there are questions about that and whether the administration was putting pressure on the Justice Department to take action,” he said.