Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul on Thursday declared that President Trump should pardon Gen. Michael Flynn, calling on the White House to extend clemency toward the general over federal claims that he lied to investigators in 2017.
Internal FBI documents released this week revealed that FBI agents, prior to interviewing Flynn pursuant to the Russia collusion investigation, had apparently sought to "get him to lie, so we can prosecute him or get him fired."
Responding to that evidence, the Republican senator on Thursday called the allegations "egregious and unacceptable behavior," adding "I believe [the president] should pardon Gen. Flynn."
Though he at first pleaded guilty to lying to investigators, Flynn later reversed that admission and claimed he was innocent. Trump on Thursday suggested that various people "should pay a big price for what they have purposely done to this man and his family."