In a Sunday appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Sen. Marco Rubio, R.-Fla., criticized the timing of the dismissal of former deputy director of the FBI Andrew McCabe, who was fired on Friday days before his retirement.

“I don’t like the way it happened. He should’ve been allowed to finish through the weekend,” Rubio said. “Obviously [President Trump] doesn’t like McCabe and he’s made that pretty clear now for over a year. We need to be very careful about taking these very important entities and smearing everybody in them with a broad stroke.”

The Hill reported: McCabe’s abrupt ouster ignited a political firestorm in Washington on Saturday.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired McCabe on Friday, charging 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.