Rep. Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzAddressing climate change is a win for Republicans — why not embrace it? Ex-GOP lawmaker hits Kyle Kashuv's racist posts: 'These are the social media postings we see of a shooter' Ex-GOP lawmaker hits Kyle Kashuv's racist posts: 'These are the social media postings we see of a shooter' MORE (R-Fla.) said Friday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpBooker hits Biden's defense of remarks about segregationist senators: 'He's better than this' Booker hits Biden's defense of remarks about segregationist senators: 'He's better than this' Trump says Democrats are handing out subpoenas 'like they're cookies' 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 ComeyIntel chairman says FBI starting to answer questions on Russia probe Intel chairman says FBI starting to answer questions on Russia probe Want the truth? Put your money on Bill Barr, not Jerry Nadler 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) Swan MuellerKamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate 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