Welch was ‘self-investigating’ online rumours – known as PizzaGate – sparked by March’s e-mail leak from Hilary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta. Users on the anonymous chat room 4chan claimed that a photo showing two girls sharing a pizza was proof he was involved in human trafficking. With the November leak of new e-mails, other online conspiracy sites then identified Comet Ping Pong as the Democratic party’s trafficking scheme.
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