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President Trump tweeted gleefully about Andrew McCabe’s firing hours after it was announced Friday evening, a little more than 24 hours before the former FBI director planned to retire.

McCabe was fired by Attorney General Jeff Sessions just two days before his scheduled retirement date. The Justice Department rejected an appeal from the former FBI deputy director that would have allowed him to retire on Sunday.

On Saturday, Trump revisited the topic in the afternoon.

In an interview shortly after his firing, McCabe said he believed his treatment by Trump during his tenure and his dismissal were directly connected to the special counsel’s investigation, for which he is a potential witness.

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“The idea that I was dishonest is just wrong,” McCabe said, adding, “This is part of an effort to discredit me as a witness.”

The Friday dismissal was made on the recommendation of FBI disciplinary officials and comes ahead of an inspector general report expected to conclude that McCabe had authorized the release of information to the news media and had not been forthcoming with the watchdog office as it examined the bureau’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation.


Martha Schick can be reached at martha.schick@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @MarthaSchick. Material from the New York Times and Associated Press was used in this report.