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Rep. Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzCheney tests Trump grip on GOP post-presidency Florida Republicans close ranks with Trump after Capitol siege The Memo: Historic vote leaves Trump more isolated than ever MORE (R-Fla.) said Friday that President TrumpDonald TrumpNYT: Rep. Perry played role in alleged Trump plan to oust acting AG Arizona GOP censures top state Republicans McCain, Flake and Ducey Biden and UK prime minister discuss NATO, multilateralism during call MORE should pardon his former national security adviser Michael Flynn amid his guilty plea for lying to FBI agents about his contacts with the Russian ambassador to the U.S.

"If I was President Trump, I would just pardon Michael Flynn," Gaetz told Hill.TV's Buck Sexton. 

"I think that when you look at the testimony that Jim Comey gave where he said there was no indicia of lying from Flynn based on the reports that he received from agents, when you look at the fact that the conversations that Flynn was having, they're kind of case in course part of regular transition meetings that occur all the time in this town, and whenever governments are changing around the world," he said, referring to form FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyBiden to keep Wray as FBI director Comey: 'Republican Party has to be burned to the ground' Juan Williams: The real 'Deep State' is pro-Trump MORE

"I'm not troubled by Flynn's conduct. I'm far more troubled by the fact that he seems to be in legal jeopardy so that there can be leverage built against the president," he added. 

Flynn pleaded guilty last year to one count of lying to FBI agents about his contacts with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. and agreed to cooperate with special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump MORE's probe into alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russia's election interference. 

Mueller recommended in a heavily redacted filing last week that Flynn be spared jail time due to his assistance in the Russia probe and two other matters under investigation from the Justice Department. 

Trump said in a tweet on Thursday that Flynn got a good deal because prosecutors were "embarrassed." 

"They gave General Flynn a great deal because they were embarrassed by the way he was treated - the FBI said he didn’t lie and they overrode the FBI," Trump wrote on Twitter. "They want to scare everybody into making up stories that are not true by catching them in the smallest of misstatements. Sad!"

Flynn, who will be sentenced on Dec. 18, asked a judge to spare him prison time and instead sentence him to probation. 

— Julia Manchester