GOP senator: 'I would be disappointed' if Trump pardoned Manafort, Flynn

Sen. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottGOP senators dismiss Booker reparations proposal On The Money — Presented by Job Creators Network — GOP senators urge Trump not to nominate Cain | Treasury expected to miss Dem deadline on Trump tax returns | Party divisions force Dems to scrap budget vote | House passes IRS reform bill GOP senators urge Trump not to pick Cain for Fed MORE (R-S.C.) said Sunday he opposes any White House considerations to pardon former Trump campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John Manafort21 questions for Robert Mueller Why did Mueller allow his investigation to continue for two years? Manafort transferred to minimum security federal prison MORE or former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn, both of whom are ensnared in special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE’s investigation. 

“I think it’s important that the White House be clear on this position as it relates to not treating either person differently,” Scott said on CBS’s “Face The Nation.”

“Fact of the matter is, keeping the pardon off the table is a necessary part of the process. I would be disappointed if President TrumpDonald John TrumpForget the spin: Five unrefuted Mueller Report revelations Lara Trump: Merkel admitting migrants 'one of the worst things that ever happened to Germany' Financial satisfaction hits record high: survey MORE were to pardon either one of these individuals.”


Scott's comments come days after The New York Times reported that John Dowd, Trump's ex-lawyer, discussed with the president last year the possibility of pardoning Flynn and Manafort. Dowd reportedly raised the idea as Mueller was building cases against the two former Trump associates.

Dowd abruptly resigned late last month.

Manafort was indicted last October on money laundering and tax charges related to his political work in Ukraine. He has pleaded not guilty, and his trial is set to begin in July.

Flynn pleaded guilty in December to lying to the FBI and has agreed to cooperate with the Mueller probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

Trump has repeatedly railed against the Mueller investigation, recently tweeting that it should have never started. However, Scott said Sunday he doesn't believe there's a need for legislation to guard against the president firing Mueller.

"I don't know that there's a single senator that would come out in favor of stopping the investigation from going forward," he said.