Tucker Carlson: Flynn, Papadopoulos, Stone deserve pardons 'now'

Fox News host Tucker Carlson said Wednesday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpDavid Axelrod after Ginsburg cancer treatment: Supreme Court vacancy could 'tear this country apart' EU says it will 'respond in kind' if US slaps tariffs on France Ginsburg again leaves Supreme Court with an uncertain future MORE should "immediately" pardon several of his former associates now that special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerMueller report fades from political conversation Trump calls for probe of Obama book deal Democrats express private disappointment with Mueller testimony MORE's Russia investigation is over.

Carlson, a strong supporter of the president, said former national security adviser Michael Flynn, former Trump campaign adviser George PapadopoulosGeorge Demetrios Papadopoulos10 declassified Russia collusion revelations that could rock Washington this fall Flynn, Papadopoulos to speak at event preparing 'social media warriors' for 'digital civil war' Judge dismisses DNC lawsuit against Trump campaign, Russia over election interference MORE and longtime Trump adviser Roger StoneRoger Jason Stone3 real problems Republicans need to address to win in 2020 Judge rejects Stone's request to dismiss charges Judge dismisses DNC lawsuit against Trump campaign, Russia over election interference MORE should be pardoned. He made the comments while speaking with ex-Trump campaign aide Michael Caputo on "Tucker Carlson Tonight."


"Pardon Gen. Flynn, pardon George Papadopoulos and pardon Roger Stone right now, Mr. president,” Caputo said.

"Immediately," Carlson added. "I couldn’t agree with you more. Don’t wait until after the election, they deserve it now."

"Do it right now on Twitter," Caputo said.

"I agree," Carlson replied.

Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrFeds charge five in international ID theft ring targeting military members, veterans The road not taken: Another FBI failure involving the Clintons surfaces Correctional officers subpoenaed in Epstein investigation: report MORE wrote in a letter to Congress this week that Mueller did not uncover evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Flynn, Papadopoulos and Stone were some of Trump's associates who were charged in connection with Mueller's expansive probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow.

Flynn and Papadopoulos both pleaded guilty to lying to investigators. Stone was indicted on charges of obstruction of a congressional inquiry, witness tampering and five counts of making false statements to Congress earlier this year. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges and is awaiting trial.

Trump said on Fox News Wednesday night he was not interested in discussing pardons. But he added that "many, many people were hurt, incredibly hurt, by this whole scam."

Barr's four-page letter to Congress added that Mueller did not reach a conclusion regarding alleged obstruction of justice by the president. Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod Rosenstein10 declassified Russia collusion revelations that could rock Washington this fall Why the presumption of innocence doesn't apply to Trump McCabe sues FBI, DOJ, blames Trump for his firing MORE decided Mueller did not provide sufficient evidence of obstruction of justice to pursue it.

The letter states that Mueller's investigation does not exonerate Trump of obstruction of justice.

Papadopoulos told Reuters earlier this week that his lawyers already applied for a pardon.