Marco Rubio: Andrew McCabe Should Have Been Allowed To Retire

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio said he didn't like the way McCabe's firing went down and would have done it differently.

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) said Sunday that former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe -- fired Friday by Attorney General Jeff Sessions just two days before becoming eligible for his pension -- should have been allowed to retire.

“I don’t like the way it went down,” Rubio said in an exclusive interview on “Meet The Press.” “I would have certainly done it differently.”

“He should have been allowed to finish through the weekend,” the Florida Republican said. "If that report would've indicated wrongdoing or something that was actionable, there are things that could've been done after the fact. But, you know, 48 hours to go before retirement, I would've certainly done it differently given the fact there's still this report out there that hasn't come in.”

Rubio also noted that President Donald Trump had made no effort to hide his disdain for the fired deputy director:

"Obviously he doesn't like McCabe and he's...made that pretty clear now for over a year," Rubio said.

Rubio added that he does not like the back and forth between people outside and inside of the intelligence agencies, noting institutions like the FBI and CIA are made up of people working hard every day. “I would hate to demoralize the workforce and more importantly, I would hate to discourage new people from coming into that, so I just don't like the whole tone,” he said.