Son Of Trump’s Pick For National Security Adviser Dropped From Transition Team


Conspiracy aficionado Michael Flynn Jr., the son of President-elect Donald Trump’s choice for national security adviser, has been banished from having from any connection with the Trump transition team.

Transition team spokesman Jason Miller said Tuesday that Flynn Jr., the son of retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, “was helping his father with some administration and scheduling duties early on in the transition process and he is no longer involved with transition efforts.”

Foreign Policy magazine also reported that Flynn “assisted in personnel vetting, managing his father’s schedule, and fielding transition-related emails for the general.”

The departure of the younger Flynn was ordered by Trump himself, The Hill reported.

Michael Flynn Jr. has been adamant that a story about a child sex ring at a Washington pizzeria is true, even though it has been denounced as “fake news” after a man brought a gun to the pizzeria and fired shots there.

Even after the shooting, Flynn Jr., who at the time was using a transition team email address, refused to believe that what has dubbed “Pizzagate” was a hoax.

He also retweeted comments suggesting that the gunshots fired at the pizzeria were part of a stunt.


Flynn Jr. was also involved in a series of communications with CNN’s Jake Tapper about the incident.

The episode added to concerns expressed over Flynn Jr.’s father and his affection for conspiracy theories later found to be unsupported by facts.

“When you get a government position — whether it’s a U.S. congressman, whether it’s national security adviser or anything — you now have a different level of commitment to the truth that you have to hold onto because people are going to take your words and take them literally,” said Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill.

Not everyone, however, was pushing the panic button over the senior Flynn’s comments in the past.

“As far as dealing with issues of national security, I’ve always found him to be totally on target and totally correct,” said Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., chairman of the Homeland Security subcommittee on counterterrorism.

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