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

Sen. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottRepublican lawmakers on why they haven't read Mueller report: 'Tedious' and 'what's the point?' Tim Scott leading effort to recruit minority conservative candidates Senate Democrats wish talk on reparations would go away MORE (R-S.C.) said Sunday he opposes any White House considerations to pardon former Trump campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortTop Mueller prosecutor Zainab Ahmad joins law firm Gibson Dunn Russian oligarch's story could spell trouble for Team Mueller Trump, Mueller, the issue of 'guilt' and a do-nothing Congress MORE or former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn, both of whom are ensnared in special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTop Republican considered Mueller subpoena to box in Democrats 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 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 TrumpCNN's Camerota clashes with Trump's immigration head over president's tweet LA Times editorial board labels Trump 'Bigot-in-Chief' Trump complains of 'fake polls' after surveys show him trailing multiple Democratic candidates 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.