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GOP senator: Trump shouldn't pardon Flynn

Sen. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottOvernight Health Care — Presented by the Coalition for Affordable Prescription Drugs — Senators face Wednesday vote on Trump health plans rule | Trump officials plan downtime for ObamaCare website | Lawmakers push for action on reducing maternal deaths Bipartisan group of senators ask Trump to increase focus on maternal deaths 7 law enforcement officers shot in South Carolina 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 GrahamGOP leaders hesitant to challenge Trump on Saudi Arabia Election Countdown: O'Rourke goes on the attack | Takeaways from fiery second Texas Senate debate | Heitkamp apologizes for ad misidentifying abuse victims | Trump Jr. to rally for Manchin challenger | Rick Scott leaves trail to deal with hurricane damage Five things to know about 'MBS,' Saudi Arabia's crown prince 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 ClintonMueller's team asking Manafort about Roger Stone: report O'Rourke targets Cruz with several attack ads a day after debate GOP pollster says polls didn't pick up on movement in week before 2016 election MORE