Pence says Flynn Jr. has no role in transition

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Photo of Vice President-elect Mike Pence by Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Photo of Vice President-elect Mike Pence by Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

WASHINGTON — Vice President-elect Mike Pence said the conspiracy-minded son of a key adviser to Donald Trump has no role in the president-elect’s transition. Pence told MSNBC Tuesday that the son of retired Gen. Mike Flynn “has no involvement in the transition whatsoever.”

The statement came after Mike Flynn Jr. sent numerous posts on Twitter about the conspiracy theories of Pizzagate, a fake news story suggesting a Washington, D.C., pizza shop, Comet Ping Pong, plays a key role in a child sex trafficking ring run by Hillary Clinton. Police say the conspiracy theory led to violence Sunday when a North Carolina man fired a rifle in the restaurant as he sought to investigate the accusations. No one was injured, and the man was arrested.

Flynn Jr., who has accompanied his father to presidential transition meetings inside Trump Tower and lists the presidential transition website as part of his Twitter bio, tweeted Sunday night that, “Until #Pizzagate proven to be false, it’ll remain a story.”

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