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Rep. Kinzinger: Conspiracy Theory Tweets From Gen. Flynn's Son Worrisome

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By    |   Tuesday, 06 Dec 2016 12:52 PM

Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill, said Tuesday that conspiracy theory tweets from the son of Michael Flynn, President-elect Trump's pick for national security adviser, are troublesome.

Michael Flynn Jr., who has served as his father's chief of staff, has promoted a false story claiming Hillary Clinton ran a child sex ring out of a Washington D.C. pizza shop.

Kinzinger, who appeared on CNN's "New Day" program on Tuesday, said the tweets are worrisome.

"It worries me from his son's perspective," he said. "I know obviously his son is putting out the conspiracies on the pizza restaurant. And it is concerning."

There needs to be some personal restraint on false news, he added.

"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," Kinzinger said.

News consumers need to check the credibility of a story before they spread it by social media, he continued. "That's really incumbent on the end user, and the person using Facebook, to find out if that story that sounds pretty outrageous actually is.

"Nine times out of 10, if that story sounds crazy, it usually is."

Kinzinger says he is concerned by Flynn's appointment because of his sympathetic statements about Russia.

"There's no doubt that he's very good talking about the fact of terror and destroying ISIS and destroying that organization," Kinzinger said. "But, the Russia thing concerns me a little bit."

The Washington Examiner reported that Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif, was also concerned about Flynn's appointment because of his temperament and his views on Russia.

"It concerns me a great deal that the president-elect may be getting advice that reinforces his view of Putin," Schiff said, according to the Examiner.

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