GOP senator: Trump shouldn't pardon Flynn

Sen. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottSchumer: 'I totally believe' Durbin over Trump Graham: 'It's pretty embarrassing' when children can't listen to the news Durbin spokesman: GOP senators have ‘credibility problem’ 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 GrahamDHS chief takes heat over Trump furor Overnight Defense: GOP chair blames Dems for defense budget holdup | FDA, Pentagon to speed approval of battlefield drugs | Mattis calls North Korea situation 'sobering' Bipartisan group to introduce DACA bill in House 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 ClintonIntel Dem decries White House 'gag order' after Bannon testimony 'Total free-for-all' as Bannon clashes with Intel members Mellman: On Political Authenticity (Part 2) MORE