Jake Tapper refuses to let Mike Pence off the hook during intense questioning on Michael Flynn's son

CNN's Jake Tapper confronted Vice President-elect Mike Pence during a Tuesday interview, grilling the head of President-elect Donald Trump's transition team over whether he was aware that Michael Flynn's son — who is in hot water over spreading a conspiracy theory that led someone to bring a rifle into a Washington DC pizza shop — had a security clearance requested for him.

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Tapper reported earlier Tuesday that a source familiar with the situation said Trump's transition team requested a security clearance for Michael Flynn Jr., and that Trump gave a direct order to remove him from transition effort.

A firestorm ensued Monday over Flynn Jr.'s promotion of the "pizzagate" conspiracy theory, which baselessly alleged through a conspiracy 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.

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Donald Trump with Alfred Eisenpreis, New York City Economic Development Administrator. Sketch of new 1,400 room Renovation project of Commodore Hotel.

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Donald Trump pauses in his apartment 5/20 after receiving the news that the Board of Estimate unanimously approved a 40-year tax abatement plan. Under the plan Trump will purchase and refurbish the Commodore Hotel, which closed into doors 5/18, from the Penn Central Transportation Corp. In return for his $10-million-dollar purchase and up to $100 million face-lifting investment, Trump will have no real estate taxes for 40 years.

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Real estate developer Donald Trump announces intentions to build a $100 million dollar Regency Hotel.

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Donald Trump stands behind architect's model of City Hall Plaza.

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Donald Trump and Ivana Trump attend Roy Cohn's birthday party in February 1980 in New York City.

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Donna Mills and Donald Trump during 1983 Annual American Image Awards at Sheraton Center in New York City, New York, United States.

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Donald Trump attends 38th Annual Horatio Alger Awards Dinner on May 10, 1985 at the Waldorf Hotel in New York City.

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Portrait of real estate mogul Donald John Trump (b.1946), smiling slightly and facing to his right, 1983. New York.

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Boxing promoter Don King holds up the arms of Mike Tyson and former champion Larry Holmes during a press conference here 12/1. Looking on is Donald Trump. The fight will be held at the Trump Plaza Hotel.

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Donald Trump, real estate mogul, entrepreneur, and billionare poses in the foyer of his home in August 1987 in Greenwich, Connecticut.

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Donald Trump Jr. and Donald Trump during 1988 U.S. Open - September 3, 1988 at Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens, New York, United States.

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Ivana Trump and Donald Trump during Mike Tyson vs Michael Spinks Fight at Trump Plaza - June 27, 1988 at Trump Plaza in Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States.

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Billionaire Donald Trump and his wife Ivana arrive 04 December 1989 at a social engagement in New York.

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Donald Trump and Daughter Ivanka Trump during Maybelline Presents 1991 Look of the Year at Plaza Hotel in New York City, New York, United States.

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Donald Trump attends 'Hoop-La' Special Olympics Basketball Game on June 25, 1992 at the Plaza Hotel in New York City.

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Donald Trump and Joan Rivers during Opening of The Rose Room in the Plaza Hotel at Plaza Hotel Rose Room in New York City, New York, United States.

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Donald Trump touches 07 April 1993 Marla Maples stomach to confirm published reports that the actress is pregnant with his child. The two arrived for Maples appearance in the Broadway musical 'The Will Rogers Follies'.

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US business tycoon Donald Trump enters the PLaza Hotel in New York past supporters 21 December 1994. Hundreds of supporters showed up at a news conference where Trump denied a New York newspaper report that the Sultan of Brunei had bid 300 million USD to buy the Manhattan hotel.

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Donald Trump and Christine Whitman during Opening of New Warner Bros. Store in Trump Plaza Casino at Trump Plaza Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States.

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Donald Trump attends Marc Jacobs Fashion Show on April 4, 1995 at the Plaza Hotel in New York City.

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Boxing: IBC Heavyweight Title: View of celebrity businessman Donald Trump and actor Steven Seagal seated ringside during Lennox Lewis vs Tommy Morrison fight at Boardwalk Convention Hall. Atlantic City, NJ. (Photo by John Iacono /Sports Illustrated/Getty Images) 

New York real estate giant Donald Trump poses in his Trump Tower office on a giant letter 'T' on May 8, 1996.

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Portrait of Marla Maples and her husband, businessman Donald Trump, with their daughter Tiffany, as they pose together at the Mar-a-Lago estate, Palm Beach, Florida, 1996.

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Donald Trump and Ron Delsner backstage at a KISS concert at Madison Squre Garden in New York City on July 25, 1996.

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Donald Trump attending Halloween party thrown by Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss at the Supper Club to kick off Fashion Week.  

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Donald Trump open his new building at 1 Center Park West- The new Trump International Hotel and Tower.

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Donald Trump and his girlfriend Celina Midelfar watch Conchita Martinez and Amanda Coetzer 07 September at US Open in Flushing Meadows, NY.

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Celine Dion, husband Rene, Donald Trump & Ivanka Trump

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Entrepreneur Donald Trump and Rev. Al Sharpton speak at a ribbon cutting ceremony for Sharpton's National Action Network Convention April 5, 2002 in New York City. The group aims to further the development of civil rights.

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Donald Trump and his girlfriend Melania Knauss attend the Marc Bouwer/Peta Fall/Winter 2002 Collection show February 14, 2002 during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City.

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Donald Trump at Madison Square Garden

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Donald Trump stands on the sidelines before the start of the AFC divisional playoffs between the New England Patriots and Tennessee Titans on January 10, 2004 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. Temperatures have reached as low as 7 degrees in the Foxboro area.

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Donald Trump, Visionary Business Leader award honoree, poses with his children Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka at Fashion Group International's 22nd Annual 'Night Of Stars' at Cipriani's 42nd Street October 27, 2005 in New York City.

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Eric Trump and Donald Trump attend the Chicago Bulls vs New Jersey Nets game at the IZOD Center on October 31, 2007 in East Rutherford, New York.

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 Donald Trump delivers a speech with his son Barron after he was honored with the 2,327th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, CA, 16 January 2007.

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Portrait of former model Melania Trump and her husband, businessman Donald Trump, as they sit together at a table during the 16th annual 'Lady in Red' gala, hosted by LIFE (Leaders In Furthering Education), at the Mar-a-Lago club, Palm Beach, Florida, December 4, 2009.

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Donald Trump sands with Miss Universe 2009 Stefania Fernandez of Venezuela prior to the Miss Universe 2010 Pageant Final at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas on August 23, 2010. Miss Universe is an annual international beauty pageant and along with the Miss World is the most publicized beauty contest in the world. California clothing company Pacific Mills founded the contest 1952 and was acquired by Donald Trump in 1996.

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US tycoon Donald Trump arrives to speak at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Maryland, outside Washington, on February 27, 2015.

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Donald Trump speaks during the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum at the 2015 NRA Annual Meeting & Exhibits on April 10, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. The annual NRA meeting and exhibit runs through Sunday.

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Real estate mogul and billionaire Donald Trump attends Golf legend Jack Nicklaus' Congressional Gold Medal ceremony in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda March 24, 2015 in Washington, DC. Trump announed on March 18 that he has launched a presidential exploratory committee.

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Businessman Donald Trump speaks to guests gathered for the Republican Party of Iowa's Lincoln Dinner at the Iowa Events Center on May 16, 2015 in Des Moines, Iowa. The event sponsored by the Republican Party of Iowa gave several Republican presidential hopefuls an opportunity to strengthen their support among Iowa Republicans ahead of the 2016 Iowa caucus.

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Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump visits his Scottish golf course Turnberry with his children Ivanka Trump and Eric Trump on July 30, 2015 in Ayr, Scotland. Donald Trump answered questions from the media at a press conference.

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U.S. President-elect Donald Trump speaks at his election night rally in Manhattan, New York, U.S., November 9, 2016.

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Singer Kanye West and President-elect Donald Trump speak with the press after their meetings at Trump Tower December 13, 2016 in New York.

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Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump poses for a photo after an interview with Reuters in his office in Trump Tower, in the Manhattan borough of New York City, U.S., May 17, 2016.

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 Coverage of the 2016 Republican National Convention from the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, which airs on all ABC News programs and platforms. On this final night of the convention, Donald Trump accepts the party's nomination for President of the United States.

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U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump reacts to an answer his wife Melania gives during an interview on NBC's "Today" show in New York, April 21, 2016.

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President-elect Donald Trump speaks to reporters following his meeting with Jack Ma, Chairman of Alibaba Group, meeting at Trump Tower, January 9, 2017 in New York City. President-elect Donald Trump and his transition team are in the process of filling cabinet and other high level positions for the new administration.

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U.S. President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shake hands after Trump's address at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem May 23, 2017. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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U.S. President Donald Trump holds up a U.S. Air Force Academy football jersey that was presented to him by team captain Weston Steelhammer during the presentation of the Commander-in-Chief trophy in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, U.S., May 2, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
U.S. President Donald Trump delivers the keynote address at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum's "Days of Remembrance" ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda in Washington, U.S, April 25, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
U.S. President Donald Trump, U.S. first lady Melania Trump, their son Barron and the Easter Bunny arrive for the 139th annual White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, U.S., April 17, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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On Sunday, police say, the conspiracy theory led an armed man to go to the pizzeria. The 28-year-old man carried 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.

During his interview with Pence, Tapper asked the vice president-elect to tell him "what happened" regarding Flynn Jr., who was said to have "no longer" been involved in the Trump transition effort by transition spokesman Jason Miller during a Tuesday conference call. Pence said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" Tuesday that Flynn Jr. had "no involvement in the transition team whatsoever" as of that morning.

Pence insisted that Flynn's son was helping "a bit" with "scheduling and administrative items" but "that's no longer the case."

"Look, all — all of our families want to be helpful," Pence said, per a transcript. "And four weeks to the day from Election Day there's been an awful lot of work to do. But — but — but Mike Flynn Jr. is no longer associated with Gen. Flynn's efforts or with the transition team."

"You — you're downplaying his role, but you must be aware that the transition team put in for a security clearance for Michael G. Flynn, the son of Lt. Gen. Flynn," Tapper responded.

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Portrait of American businessman Donald Trump and Melania Knauss (born Melanija Knavs) as they pose together on the red carpet at the 18th annual Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) awards, New York, New York, June 2, 1999. (Photo by Rose Hartman/Getty Images)
Portrait of American businessman Donald Trump and Melania Knauss (born Melanija Knavs) Trump as they pose together before a Marc Jacobs fashion show, New York, New York, 1998. (Photo by Rose Hartman/Getty Images)
Portrait of American businessman Donald Trump and Melania Knauss (born Melanija Knavs) as they attend the New York Film Festival at Lincoln Center, New York, New York, 1998. (Photo by Rose Hartman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY - OCTOBER 5: Donald Trump and Melania Trump attend Grand Central Terminal Revitalization Project Benefit Party on October 5, 1998 in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Portrait of (future married couple) American businessman Donald Trump and model Melania Knauss as they pose together at the Mar-a-Lago estate, Palm Beach, Florida, 1999. (Photo by Davidoff Studios/Getty Images)
Nyc 4/13/99 'Vh-1 Divas Live '99' Arrivals At The Beacon Theatre. Donald Trump & Date Melania Knauss (Photo By Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
Nyc 6/2/99 E 352205 012 18Th Annual American Fashion Awards Hosted By C.F.D.A. At The Downtown Armory. Donald Trump And Girlfriend Melania Knauss. (Photo By Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
9th September 1999: American real estate mogul Donald Trump with his date, Melania Knauss, at the MTV Video Music Awards at the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center, New York City. (Photo by Karl Feile/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Donald Trump & Melania Knauss during The Score New York Premiere at Sony Lincoln Square Theatre in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
399264 03: (ITALY OUT) Millionaire Donald Trump (R) and his girlfriend Melania Knauss walk along 59th Street after leaving Barneys January 5, 2001 in New York City. (Photo by Arnaldo Magnani/Getty Images)
401116 11: Donald Trump and his girlfriend Melania Knauss attend the Marc Bouwer/Peta Fall/Winter 2002 Collection show February 14, 2002 during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City. (Photo by George De Sota/Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY - JUNE 4: Donald Trump and Melania Trump attend the premiere of 'Bad Company' on June 4, 2002 at Loew's Lincoln Square Theater in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Melania Knauss and Donald Trump during Britney Spears Restaurant Nyla Grand Opening Party at Nyla in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)
UNITED STATES - JULY 24: Donald Trump and girlfriend Melania Knauss arrive for Coach's annual garden party at the Cooper-Hewitt Museum. (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
Melania Knauss during USO Metropolitain of NY Gold Medal Awards Dinner Honor Donald Trump at Plaza Hotel in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Marc Anthony, Donald Trump and Melania Knauss during 8th Annual Victoria's Secret Fashion Show - Front Row at The New York State Armory in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 9: Rofreddo Gaetani, Melania Knauss and Donald Trump attends the Luca Luca Fall/Winter 2003 Collection fashion show at the Theater in Bryant Park during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week February 9, 2003 in New York City. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
Donald Trump and Melania Knauss during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2003 Collections - Oscar de la Renta - Front Row at Bryant Park in New York City, NY, United States. (Photo by J. Vespa/WireImage)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 13: Donald Trump and Melania Knauss attend the T Management party at Pangea February 13, 2003 in New York City. (Photo by David Surowiecki/Getty Images)
Melania Knauss and Donald Trump during Marcelo Alvarez and Salvatore Licitra Perform in Great Lawn to Celebrate 150th Anniversary of Central Park at Great Lawn in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage for Sony Music)
Donald Trump and Melania Knauss arriving at the 2003 VMA's at Radio City Music Hall. (Photo by Steve Azzara/Corbis via Getty Images)
From left, Billy Crystal, host of the 76th annual Academy Awards, his wife Janice Goldfinger, Melania Knauss and her boyfriend Donald Trump, pose together as they leave the Vanity Fair Oscar party at Morton's restaurant in West Hollywood, California, early March 1, 2004. REUTERS/Ethan Miller/File Photo FROM THE FILES PACKAGE "THE CANDIDATES" - SEARCH CANDIDATES FILES FOR ALL 90 IMAGES
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 17: Melania Knauss attends the private party hosted by Donald Trump's T Management for legendary supermodel Pat Cleveland at Ian Schrager's Hudson Sky Terrace September 17, 2003 in New York. (Photo By Steven Henry/Getty Images)
Donald Trump and Melania Knauss during NBC All-Star Party - Arrivals at Hollywood and Highland Entertainment Complex in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Jean-Paul Aussenard/WireImage)
Donald Trump and Melania Knauss during The G&P Foundation for Cancer Research Salutes The World of Entertainment and Media at the 2003 Angel Ball at Marriott Marquis in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage for G/P Foundation)
Donald Trump and Melania Knauss during Z100's Zootopia 2004 - Backstage at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage for Clear Channel Entertainment)
Melania Knauss and Ivanka Trump during Dennis Basso Fashion Show - Fall 2004 - Arrivals at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 15: Real Estate mogul and TV personality Donald Trump and fiance Melania Knauss attend the Donald Trump Friars Club Roast Luncheon at the New York Hilton October 15, 2004 in New York City. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - DECEMBER 13: Businessman Donald Trump and his fiance Melania Knauss arrive at a gala to honor leaders in tourism sponsored by NYC & Company at the Museum of Modern Art December 13, 2004 in New York City. (Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - DECEMBER 16: Melania Knauss and Donald Trump attend the after party for the final episode of 'The Apprentice 2' at the Roseland Ballroom December 16, 2004 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Hawthorne/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - DECEMBER 17: (ITALY OUT, NY DAILY NEWS OUT, NY NEWSDAY OUT) Donald Trump's fiance Melania Knauss leaves Trump Towers December 17, 2004 in New York City. (Photo by Arnaldo Magnani/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 10: Model Melania Trump poses for photos in the lobby of the main tent during Olympus Fashion Week Fall 2005 at Bryant Park February 10, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)
Melania Trump during Olympus Fashion Week Fall 2005 - Vera Wang - Front Row at Bryant Park Tents in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/FilmMagic)
Melania Trump during The Costume Institute's Gala Celebrating 'Chanel' at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Robin Platzer/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - FEBRUARY 7: Melania Trump attends Michael Kors Fall 2007 Collection at The Tent on February 7, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Matt Carasella/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - MAY 16: Model Melania Trump attends the NBC upfront at Radio City Music Hall on May 16, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Peter Kramer/Getty Images)
Melania Trump during 57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards - Arrivals at The Shrine in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 26: Melania Trump attends the 17th Annual Women of the Year Luncheon at The Pierre October 26, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Hawthorne/Getty Images)
Melania Trump during Fashion Group International Presents The 22nd Annual Night of Stars Honoring 'The Romantics' - Inside at Cipriani in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
Melania Trump during TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall Attend the Museum of Modern Art Gala at Museum of Modern Art in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)
Melania Trump during Melania Trump Unveils The 2007 Cadillac Escalade to The Fashion World at Milk Studios in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - MAY 16: Melania Trump attends The WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART's 15th Annual 'American Art Award' at One Beacon Court & Le Cirque on May 16, 2006 in New York City. (Photo by Billy Farrell/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
Melania Trump during 'The Smile Collection' - Operation Smile's Annual Charity Dinner and Live Auction at Skylight Studios in New York, NY, United States. (Photo by Desiree Navarro/FilmMagic)
Melania Trump during Trump Vodka Launch Party - Red Carpet at Trump Tower at 725 Fifth Avenue in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - DECEMBER 11: Melania Trump attends Trump Magazine And FAO Schwarz Invite You To Vanessa And Don Trump Jr.'s Birthday Celebration at FAO Schwarz on December 11, 2006 in New York City. (Photo by Marc Dimov/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
Donald and Melania Trump during Focus Features Golden Globes After Party at Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by E. Charbonneau/WireImage for Focus Features)
NEW YORK - MARCH 13: Melania Trump and her son Barron attend the Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center's 16th Annual Bunny Hop at FAO toy store March 13, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)
Melania Trump during 'Poiret: King of Fashion' Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art - Arrivals at Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - AUGUST 23: Melania Trump attends Men's Vogue Dinner in Honor of Roger Federer at Wakiya on August 23, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by BILLY FARRELL/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 06: Donald Trump and Melania Trump arrive at the Madonna + Gucci Present A Night to Benefit Raising Malawi at the United Nations on February 6, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 10: Melania Trump attends Duchess after party for Chanel at The Cooper Square Hotel on September 10, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Andrew Walker/Getty Images for CHANEL Beaut?)
NEW YORK - JUNE 25: Melania Trump-Trump attends the 37th Annual Police Athletic League Superstar Award Dinner at The Pierre Hotel on June 25, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Michael N. Todaro/WireImage)
NEW YORK - MAY 03: Melania Trump attends the Costume Institute Gala Benefit to celebrate the opening of the 'American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity' exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 3, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
Melania Trump attends the QVC red carpet style party held at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles on February 25, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.
Donald Trump (L) and wife Melania Trump arrive at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California.
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 20: Model/mother/entrepreneur Melania Trump visits SiriusXM Studio to promote her new QVC Melania Timepieces & Jewelry Collection on Cosmo Radio on April 20, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images)
Melania Trump attending the White House Correspondents' Association (WHCA) dinner at the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C.. (Photo by Walter McBride/Corbis via Getty Images)
Melania Trump attends the 'Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty' Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: Jewelry designer Melania Trump visits SiriusXM Studio on September 7, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 05: Melania Trump attends European School Of Economics Foundation Vision And Reality Awards on December 5, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for European School of Economics Foundation)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 09: Melania Trump attends the 'Celebrity Apprentice All-Star' event at Trump Tower on April 9, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25: Melania Trump attends the 14th Annual USTA Opening Night Gala at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 25, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/WireImage)
PALM BEACH, FL - JANUARY 04: Melania Trump attends Trump Invitational Grand Prix Mar-a-Lago Club at The Mar-a-Largo Club on January 4, 2015 in Palm Beach, Florida. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images)
PALM BEACH, FL - JANUARY 04: Melania Trump attends Trump Invitational Grand Prix Mar-a-Lago Club at The Mar-a-Largo Club on January 4, 2015 in Palm Beach, Florida. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, NH - FEBRUARY 06: Melania Trump, wife of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, stands on stage following the Republican presidential debate at St. Anselm College February 6, 2016 in Manchester, New Hampshire. Sponsored by ABC News and the Independent Journal Review, this is the final televised debate before voters go to the polls for the New Hampshire primary on February 9. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, NH - FEBRUARY 06: Melania Trump, wife of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, stands on stage following the Republican presidential debate at St. Anselm College February 6, 2016 in Manchester, New Hampshire. Sponsored by ABC News and the Independent Journal Review, this is the final televised debate before voters go to the polls for the New Hampshire primary on February 9. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 21: Melania Trump attends NBC's Today Trump Town Hall at Rockefeller Plaza on April 21, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26: Melania Trump attends 2016 Time 100 Gala, Time's Most Influential People In The World red carpet at Jazz At Lincoln Center at the Times Warner Center on April 26, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Time)
TRUMP NATIONAL GOLF CLUB WESTCHE, BRIARCLIFF MANOR, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - 2016/06/07: Melania Trump attends Donald Trump speech during post-election remarks at Trump National Golf Club Westchester. (Photo by Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 18: Melania Trump, wife of Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, walks on stage to deliver a speech on the first day of the Republican National Convention on July 18, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Cleveland, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Republican National Convention kicks off on July 18. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 09: Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's wife Melania Trump, daughter Ivanka Trump, son Eric Trump and son Donald Trump, Jr. arrive before the town hall debate at Washington University on October 9, 2016 in St Louis, Missouri. This is the second of three presidential debates scheduled prior to the November 8th election. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Ivanka Trump (R) and Melania Trump (L) appear before the second presidential debate at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri on October 9, 2016. / AFP / POOL / RICK WILKING (Photo credit should read RICK WILKING/AFP/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 09: Republican president-elect Donald Trump walks on stage with his wife Melania Trump during his election night event at the New York Hilton Midtown in the early morning hours of November 9, 2016 in New York City. Donald Trump defeated Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton to become the 45th president of the United States. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
US First Lady Melania Trump arrives before US President Donald Trump addresses a joint session of the US Congress on February 28, 2017, in Washington, DC. / AFP / ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS (Photo credit should read ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images)
WEST PALM BEACH, FL - MARCH 17: President Donald Trump's wife Melania Trump and their son, Barron Trump walk to their vehicle after arriving together on Air Force One at the Palm Beach International Airport to spend part of the weekend at Mar-a-Lago resort on March 17, 2017 in West Palm Beach, Florida. President Trump has made numerous trips to his Florida home since the inauguration. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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"Well, I'm — I'm aware in talking to Gen. Flynn that — that his son was helping with scheduling," Pence said back. "Jake, his — his."

Tapper cut in.

"No, but you put in for a security clearance for him," he said.

"He's helping his dad arrange for meetings and provide meetings," Pence retorted. "But that's no longer the case."

Tapper fired back, asking if you need a security clearance to "do scheduling?"

"I think that's the appropriate decision for us to move forward, avoid any further distraction," Pence replied, then reiterating his confidence in Trump.

"I want to move on to other issues, but I'm afraid I just didn't get an answer, which is were you aware that the transition had put in for a security clearance for Michael Flynn Jr.?" Tapper persisted.

"You know, I've worked very closely with Gen. Flynn," Pence said. "We've met on many occasions. I've — I've never — I've never seen his son present for any of those meetings."

"But you're head of the transition team so you know who you put in security clearances for," Tapper pressed on.

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"Well — well, Gen. — Gen. Flynn did inform me that his son was helping on administrative matters," the Indiana Republican said. "But — but, Jake, this is all the kind of distraction that — that, frankly, I know, with all due respect, the national media likes to go chasing after."

Tapper pushed forward with the line of questioning an additional time.

"The last question on this sir — and I'm sorry, it's just that you're not answering the question, which is were you aware that the transition team had put in for a security clearance?" Tapper asked. "I mean this is a young man who had a social media profile that had all sorts of crazy conspiracy theories ... all sorts of links and retweets with white supremacists. Were you aware that the transition put in for a security clearance for him?"

"Well, what I can tell you is that in — in talking with Gen. Flynn today, he made me aware that his son was assisting him in scheduling ..." Pence answered.

"And then you put in for a security clearance," Tapper interjected.

Pence then launched into an extended answer:

" ... meetings and well whatever the appropriate paperwork was to assist him in that regard. Jake, I'm sure ... was taking place. But that's no longer the case. And your viewers and the American people can be confident that we're going to — we're going to continue to drive forward.

Look, this is a very challenging time for America's place in the world. It was a week ago yesterday that we saw a terrorist-inspired attack on the Ohio State campus. We're bringing together with — with Gen. Flynn, with KT McFarland, with a team that's going to surround them and advise this president, people that are going to, going to set into motion. I'm confident, [in] the policies that will — that will make America safe again at home and abroad."

"And it was just two days ago that we saw somebody with a gun go to Comet Pizza because of this crazy conspiracy theory that Michael G. Flynn had been putting out there, defended afterwards, and you guys put in for a security clearance," Tapper responded.

Watch part of the interview below:

Tapper confronted Flynn Jr. on Twitter Sunday following the armed man entering the pizzeria and Flynn Jr.'s subsequent defense of the conspiracy. He apparently direct-messaged Flynn Jr. on the app, asking for one piece of evidence proving that the pizza shop was "the site of a satanic pedophilia cult." Those direct messages were posted by another user.

"Michael — the police called pizza gate a fictitious conspiracy theory tonight," Tapper wrote. "Does someone have to die before you take this s--- seriously. Spreading this nonsense is dangerous."

"I want it to be false," Flynn Jr. responded.

"It is not the site of a satanic pedophilia cult," Tapper shot back. "It is a f------ pizzeria. Show me what you're talking about that proves a satanic pedophilia cult. Your tweet is wildly irresponsible. Listen to me. You are going to get someone killed. Maybe an innocent child. For what??????"

Flynn Jr. later posted another screenshot of a DM thread with Tapper with the caption, "Want evidence??? I must've really hit a nerve."

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