Mike Flynn, Jr., the outspoken son of Donald Trump’s national security adviser, Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn, has been booted from the Trump transition team, according to sources close to the President-elect’s operation.
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
Flynn, Jr. publicly embraced the “Pizzagate” conspiracy this week, after an armed gunman was arrested inside of a DC pizzeria, Comet Ping-Ping, that Internet conspiracy theorists believe is the hub of an international child sex ring run by Hillary Clinton and other prominent Washington Democrats.
After Flynn Jr alluded to the conspiracy on his Twitter account Sunday, CNN host Jake Tapper direct messaged Flynn and told him to be more careful with his assertions. Flynn reacted by doubling down, and embraced the conspiracy theory with abandon on his social media profiles.
Initially, the Trump team had denied that Flynn, Jr. had any official role in the White House transition, despite Flynn, Jr. having a transition team email address and using “GreatAgain.gov” in his Twitter bio.
VPE @mike_pence insists that Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn's son "has no role in the transition" despite having a transition email address.
— Jamie Lovegrove (@jslovegrove) December 6, 2016
By Tuesday afternoon, however, the Trump Transition team admitted that Flynn, Jr., who works for his father’s intelligence consulting business, had been taking on an “administrative” role in Donald Trump’s transition. Vice President-elect Mike Pence also revealed that Flynn, Jr. had applied for security clearance, alongside his father.
Flynn, Jr. will now no longer have a role in Trump’s transition effort, by orders of the President-elect himself. And according to Pence, the transition team has now permanently tabled Flynn, Jr.’s clearance request. “Well, whatever the appropriate paperwork was to assist him in that regard…I’m sure was taking place. But that’s no longer the case,” he told CNN.
Both Lt. Gen. Flynn and his son have dabbled in Clinton conspiracy theories, and the elder Flynn remains a controversial pick for one of the nation’s highest national security positions. Lt. Gen. Flynn himself has been getting flack for a Tweet he sent just prior to election day in which he referenced Hillary Clinton and “sex crimes with children”, but Flynn was referring not to Pizzagate but to the Clintons’ ties to convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
Perhaps in an effort to clear up another controversy dogging his nomination’s approval, Lt. Gen. Flynn also appears to have dropped a Turkish client with close ties to Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan from his consulting business.
The client, a Dutch firm called Inovo BV, run by a friend of Erdogan’s, had been lobbying for the United States to forge a closer relationship with Turkey, even as Erdogan engaged in a violent crackdown against his political opposition, and, reportedly, forged trade relationships with ISIS.