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Andrew McCabe was told he'd been fired 9 minutes before media knew

Andrew McCabe
Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe (2nd L). Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe was informed (with his lawyers cc'd) at least nine minutes before the media late last night that he'd been fired by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

The big picture: The firing came "a little more than 24 hours before McCabe was set to retire — a move that McCabe alleged was an attempt to slander him and undermine" the Russia probe, per the WashPost lead story: