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GOP senator on Trump pardons: 'It is legal, it is constitutional, but I think it's a misuse of the power'

GOP Sen. Pat ToomeyPatrick (Pat) Joseph ToomeySasse rebuked by Nebraska Republican Party over impeachment vote Philly GOP commissioner on censures: 'I would suggest they censure Republican elected officials who are lying' Toomey censured by several Pennsylvania county GOP committees over impeachment vote MORE (Pa.) said Sunday that President TrumpDonald TrumpSacha Baron Cohen calls out 'danger of lies, hate and conspiracies' in Golden Globes speech Sorkin uses Abbie Hoffman quote to condemn Capitol violence: Democracy is 'something you do' Ex-Trump aide Pierson planning run for Congress MORE's pardons for Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneDOJ investigating whether Alex Jones, Roger Stone played role in Jan. 6 riots: WaPo Nearly a quarter of Trump's Facebook posts in 2020 included misinformation: analysis Federal prosecutors investigated Proud Boys ties to Roger Stone in 2019 case: CNN MORE, Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortProsecutors drop effort to seize three Manafort properties after Trump pardon FBI offers 0K reward for Russian figure Kilimnik New York court rules Manafort can't be prosecuted by Manhattan DA MORE and other loyalists convicted of various crimes were legal and constitutional but a "misuse" of power.

Speaking with "Fox News Sunday" guest anchor Mike Emanuel, Toomey said that he disagreed with Trump's use of the pardon "in some cases."

"I think the case of Mike Flynn, for instance, was completely legitimate to pardon him because the prosecution was an abuse of power. I don't think Michael Flynn ever committed a crime," Toomey said, referring to Trump's first national security adviser.

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"But some of these other cases — I mean, my goodness — we have tax fraud and bank fraud, witness tampering, obstruction of justice, but because they were close to the president, they got pardoned?" the senator continued, adding, "It is legal, it is constitutional, but I think it's a misuse of the power."

The president sparked heavy criticism when he issued pardons for Manafort and Stone as well as Trump-friendly former Reps. Duncan HunterDuncan HunterTrust, transparency, and tithing is not enough to sustain democracy Presidential pardons need to go Trump grants clemency to more than 100 people, including Bannon MORE (R-Calif.), Steve StockmanStephen (Steve) Ernest StockmanPardon talk intensifies as Trump approaches final 24 hours in office GOP senator on Trump pardons: 'It is legal, it is constitutional, but I think it's a misuse of the power' Nothing becomes Donald Trump's presidency like his leaving it MORE (R-Texas) and Chris CollinsChristopher (Chris) Carl CollinsPresidential pardons need to go Trump grants clemency to more than 100 people, including Bannon Pardon talk intensifies as Trump approaches final 24 hours in office MORE (R-N.Y.).

Toomey was also asked on Sunday if he agreed with recent calls to reform presidential pardon power, which the senator said would be difficult to achieve.

"Some are suggesting it's time to reform presidential powers. Do you agree?" asked Emanuel.

"You know, it's a good discussion to have, but it's a tough call," the Pennsylvania Republican responded. "This is obviously a constitutional power, so I don't know how we would do it without amending the Constitution, and I think ... it would be very challenging."

Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to investigators about his contacts with Russia in 2017. Manafort, Trump's former campaign chairman, was convicted of eight felonies in 2018, including tax and bank fraud. Stone, an informal adviser to the 2016 Trump campaign, was convicted of seven felonies in 2019, including witness tampering. The president pardoned Stone and Manafort as well as his son-in-law Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerBiden to speak with Saudi king 'soon' as pressure builds for Khashoggi report Biden to speak with Saudi king ahead of Khashoggi report: report Former Trump officials eye bids for political office MORE's father, Charles Kushner, last Thursday, while Flynn was pardoned in November.

Trump is reportedly considering preemptive pardons for his adult children and himself amid calls from Democrats for investigations after he leaves office.