Top Republicans praise Trump's Flynn pardon

Top House Republicans praised President TrumpDonald TrumpFormer New York state Senate candidate charged in riot Trump called acting attorney general almost daily to push election voter fraud claim: report GOP senator clashes with radio caller who wants identity of cop who shot Babbitt MORE on Wednesday for pardoning former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty in 2017 to making false statements to FBI agents.

GOP lawmakers, from leadership to rank-and-file members, said Trump made the right call in granting a full pardon to his first national security adviser. They also took the opportunity to blast Democrats and the FBI.

"President @realDonaldTrump is right to pardon the respected three-star general,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyTim Ryan slams McCarthy for mocking Capitol physician, mask mandate McCarthy knocks Pelosi, mask mandate: 'This House has broken the country's trust' GOP, Democrats battle over masks in House, Senate MORE (R-Calif.) tweeted.

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The No. 2 House Republican, Minority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseRepublican governors revolt against CDC mask guidance House to resume mask mandate after new CDC guidance What you need to know about the new COVID-19 surge MORE (La.), leveled his criticism at former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyBiden sister has book deal, set to publish in April Mystery surrounds Justice's pledge on journalist records NYT publisher: DOJ phone records seizure a 'dangerous incursion' on press freedom MORE, alleging that Flynn's prosecution was politically motivated.

“The left and Comey’s FBI destroyed General Flynn’s life to try to take down @realDonaldTrump. What happened to him never should have been allowed to happen in America. Justice has been served. It’s long overdue to hold the people behind it accountable,” he tweeted.

Flynn, who was Trump's first national security adviser, pleaded guilty to a charge in connection with former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE’s Russia investigation but attempted to withdraw his guilty plea in January 2020 after changing attorneys. The Department of Justice later sought to drop the charges against him, arguing the false statements were not “material” to the probe.

Rep. Lee ZeldinLee ZeldinSunday shows preview: Biden defends troop withdrawal in Afghanistan; COVID-19 impacting unvaccinated pockets Misled condemnation of the Lebanese Armed Forces will help Hezbollah New York GOP backs Zeldin for governor MORE (R-N.Y.), who played a leading role in defending the president during the impeachment proceedings, tweeted that it was “100% the right call to pardon.”

“He shouldn’t have ever been targeted like this in the first place. One item remains...Crimes and other misconduct were committed against @GenFlynn along the way and that justice still remains absolutely necessary today,” he said.

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Trump announced the pardon Wednesday afternoon by tweeting: “It is my Great Honor to announce that General Michael T. Flynn has been granted a Full Pardon. Congratulations to @GenFlynn and his wonderful family, I know you will now have a truly fantastic Thanksgiving!”

Democrats slammed Flynn's pardon.

"This pardon is undeserved, unprincipled, and one more stain on President Trump’s rapidly diminishing legacy. Michael Flynn was fired from the White House for lying to senior officials. He pleaded guilty—twice—to lying to federal investigators about his communications with a foreign adversary," House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerBiden to meet with 11 Democratic lawmakers on DACA: report Britney Spears's new attorney files motion to remove her dad as conservator Here's what Congress is reading at the beach this summer MORE (D-N.Y.), who played a key role in the Trump impeachment inquiry, said in a statement.

"President Trump dangled this pardon to encourage Flynn to backtrack on his pledge to cooperate with federal investigators — cooperation that might have exposed the President’s own wrongdoing. And it worked. Flynn broke his deal, recanted his plea, received the backing of the Attorney General over the objections of career prosecutors, and now has secured a pardon from the President of the United States,” Nadler added.