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

Sen. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottTo boost minority serving institutions, bipartisan Future Act needs immediate action Cruz to oppose Trump appeals court pick The Hill's Morning Report — The wall problem confronting Dems and the latest on Dorian MORE (R-S.C.) said Sunday he opposes any White House considerations to pardon former Trump campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortLewandowski refuses to say whether Trump has offered him a pardon Democrats return to a battered Trump Manafort's legal team argues NY prosecution constitutes double jeopardy MORE or former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn, both of whom are ensnared in special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerFox's Cavuto roasts Trump over criticism of network Mueller report fades from political conversation Trump calls for probe of Obama book deal 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 TrumpJimmy Carter: 'I hope there's an age limit' on presidency White House fires DHS general counsel: report Trump to cap California trip with visit to the border 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.