Posted: 6:55 pm Tuesday, December 6th, 2016
By Jamie Dupree
After actively tweeting his support of the “Pizzagate” conspiracy theory, Michael Flynn Jr., the son of President-Elect Donald Trump’s pick for National Security Adviser, is no longer working for the Trump Transition team, as CNN reported it was Mr. Trump who personally made that decision.
Source familiar with Flynn Jr situation tells me he was asked to leave, with PEOTUS Trump giving direct order
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) December 6, 2016
Hours after an armed man was arrested at a Washington, D.C. pizza parlor on Sunday, Flynn Jr. had gone on Twitter to push the idea that senior Clinton campaign officials were involved in a child sex ring centered on the Comet Ping Pong restaurant.
— Michael G Flynn🇺🇸 (@mflynnJR) December 5, 2016
When I noted that tweet of Flynn Jr. that evening, he quickly replied to me, urging me to look at the hacked emails that Wikileaks had released from a top aide to Hillary Clinton.
Flynn’s son not only pushed that angle, but also endorsed claims from some on Twitter that the armed man arrested at the restaurant Sunday was actually an actor, involved in a faked law enforcement operation, designed to attack “fake news” links to supporters of Trump.
The suspect in the case has told police that he came to the restaurant to free “child sex slaves” that he believed were being held there, a direct result of reading about the conspiracy theory on the internet.
Vice President-Elect Mike Pence initially denied that Flynn Jr. was actively working for the Trump transition, but hours later, it was reported that not only did he have a transition email address, but that the Trump Transition team had requested a security clearance for the son.
— Nathan McDermott (@natemcdermott) December 6, 2016
The events surrounding the Comet Ping Pong incident have not stopped people from pressing their claims about child prostitution, the restaurant and top Democrats, and this reporter has received a number of messages from people on Twitter that I was encouraging pedophiles by not more actively reporting on the “pizzagate” emails.
About the Author
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog. A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.