President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team said in a Tuesday conference call with reporters that retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn’s son is “no longer involved” in the Trump transition effort.
Trump transition spokesman Jason Miller said Flynn’s son, Michael Flynn Jr., was helping his father with administrative and scheduling duties. The elder Flynn is Trump’s incoming national security adviser.
It came a day after a firestorm over Flynn Jr.’s promotion of the “pizzagate” conspiracy theory, which baselessly alleged through fake news stories that a pedophilia ring involving high-level Democratic Party officials — including Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s campaign chair, John Podesta — was operating out of a Washington pizzeria called Comet Ping Pong.
On Sunday, police say, the conspiracy theory led an armed man to come to the pizzeria. The 28-year-old man brought an assault rifle to the restaurant and was looking to investigate the story himself, according to police.
“Until #Pizzagate proven to be false, it’ll remain a story,” Flynn Jr. posted to Twitter. “The left seems to forget #PodestaEmails and the many ‘coincidences’ tied to it.”
As of Monday, Flynn Jr. had a government transition email, CNN reported. Flynn himself also shared a similar conspiracy theory on Twitter days before the November election that claimed Clinton was involved in sex crimes with children. Politico on Tuesday found that the incoming national security adviser had shared dubious news stories at least 16 times from his Twitter account since August.
Earlier Tuesday, Vice President-elect Mike Pence told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that Flynn Jr. has “no involvement in the transition team whatsoever.”