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Pence says Michael Flynn's son, who defended conspiracy theory, has 'no involvement' in transition

Jared Peterson leaves a sign outside Comet Ping Pong on Monday, Dec. 5, 2016, in Washington, DC.
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Jared Peterson leaves a sign outside Comet Ping Pong on Monday, Dec. 5, 2016, in Washington, DC.

Mike Pence said Tuesday that the son of Donald Trump's national security advisor pick is not involved in the presidential transition.

The vice president-elect's claim comes days after Michael G. Flynn, son of retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, defended an online conspiracy theory that allegedly led to a man bringing guns into a Washington restaurant.

The younger Flynn tweeted about the so-called pizzagate conspiracy theory on Sunday, saying "it'll remain a story" until it is "proven to be false." The baseless theory, spread on the internet, alleged that Hillary Clinton and her campaign chief used the Comet Ping Pong pizzeria to run a child sex-trafficking operation.

On MSNBC's "Morning Joe," Pence was asked if the younger Flynn was involved in the transition in the wake of his defending the conspiracy.

"Gen. Flynn's son has no involvement in the transition whatsoever," Pence said.

Contributor Mike Barnicle then pointed out that the younger Flynn has a transition email. Pence again said he had no involvement in the transition effort.

Prompted a third time by host Joe Scarborough, Pence again denied that Flynn had a role.

Trump spokesman Jason Miller told reporters Tuesday that Michael G. Flynn helped his father with administration and scheduling early in the transition but no longer has a role. The Trump transition team did not respond to a request for comment about why he is no longer involved.


Court documents allege 28-year-old Edgar Welch went into the restaurant Sunday armed with an AR-15 rifle and a handgun to help "rescue" the child sex slaves that he thought might be held there, according to NBC News. No one was injured. Welch was arraigned Monday on charges of assault with a dangerous weapon, carrying a pistol without a license and other crimes, NBC said.