It took CNN's Jake Tapper over five minutes to finally get Gov. Mike Pence to admit that Michael Flynn Jr., was no longer involved after the Pizzagate fake news story blew up in their faces.
December 6, 2016

Vice President elect Mike Pence repeatedly refused to answer any questions asked by CNN's Jake Tapper involving Gen. Michael Flynn's son in connection to promoting the Pizzagate fake story and the very real consequences that it caused.

How long will it be before America gets tired of listening to the Trump camp refuse to address real issues and instead blame the media for ginning up negative another story about them?

Tapper asked what happened to Gen. Flynn's son, who has been pushing conspiracy theories like the Pizzagate lunacy.

Tapper asked, "Flynn Jr., was on the transition team, but a source familiar with the investigation tells me he was asked to leave and that the direct order came from president-elect Trump. Tell me what happened?"

Pence responded with a lengthy congratulations to Gen. Michael Flynn on his career and how happy they are that he's on their team.

After over a minute, he said, "Mike Flynn Jr., is no longer longer associated with General Flynn's efforts or with the transition team and we're focused eyes forward."

Tapper pressed on. "You're downplaying his role, but you must be aware that the transition team put in for security clearance for Michael G. Flynn, the son of Lieutenant General Flynn."

Pence replied, "I am aware in talking to General Flynn that his son was helping with scheduling, Jake. He was helping his dad arrange for meetings and provide meetings but that's no longer the case."

Tapper leaned on him, asking, "Do you need security clearance to do scheduling?"

Pence tried to move on to Trump's new team member, General Mattis, but Tapper shot back, "I want to move on to other issues but I am afraid I didn't get an answer which is, were you aware that the transition had put in for a security clearance for Michael Flynn Jr.?"

Pence kept hemming and hawing about never seeing Flynn Jr., around and finally fell back into blaming the media for Trump's problems and said, "This is all the kind of distraction that, frankly, I know, with all due respect, the national media likes to chase after."

Tapper had enough and said, "Sorry, you’re not answering the question. Which is, were you aware that the transition team had put in for a security clearance? This is a young man who had a social media profile with all sorts of crazy conspiracy theories, all sorts of links and retweets with white supremacists. Were you aware that the transition team put in for a security clearance for him?”

Finally Pence replied, "What i can tell you is that, in talking with General Flynn today, he made me aware his son was assisting in scheduling meetings"

It's been very creepy watching Trump surrogates revel in phony stories like Pizzagate that General Flynn's son was happy to perpetuate.

Just as creepy as watching the Trump camp try to wiggle out of it.

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