GOP senator: Trump shouldn't pardon Flynn

Sen. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottTim Scott: Trump has taken steps 'to move us in a better direction' since Charlottesville Sunday shows preview: Virginia lawmakers talk Charlottesville, anniversary protests Five takeaways from Ohio's too-close-to-call special election MORE (R-S.C.) said on Sunday that President Trump should not pardon his former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn after he pleaded guilty on Friday for lying to the FBI. 

Scott said he agreed with his colleague Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamWhite House staff offered discounts at Trump's NJ golf club: report Graham: DOJ official was 'unethical' in investigating Trump campaign because his wife worked for Fusion GPS Sunday shows preview: Virginia lawmakers talk Charlottesville, anniversary protests MORE (R-S.C.), who said that Trump should not pardon Flynn. 

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"We have to have a way to restore confidence of the American people in their elected officials and the leaders of this country. One way that you do that is by helping those folks that are A, lying to the FBI — you hold those folks accountable, and B, you have a process that is clear and transparent," Scott told CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of the Union."

"When the Intel Committee is finished, we'll have the facts," he added, referring to the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is conducting its own investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. 

"Mike Flynn broke the law, the FBI continues the investigation, and I think we'll find out the truth ... hopefully by the end of this year or early next year."

Scott's comments come after the president appeared to try to deflect attention from Flynn in a slew of tweets on Saturday, saying the focus should be on former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillicon Valley: FBI fires Strzok after anti-Trump tweets | Trump signs defense bill with cyber war policy | Google under scrutiny over location data | Sinclair's troubles may just be beginning | Tech to ease health data access | Netflix CFO to step down Signs grow that Mueller is zeroing in on Roger Stone Omarosa claims president called Trump Jr. a 'f--- up' for releasing Trump Tower emails MORE