The U.S. Secret Service fires back against claims made by Donald Trump’s lawyer Jay Sekulow that it vetted a meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and Russian nationals in June 2016.
Trump Jr. met with Kremlin-linked lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya after he was told she had damaging information about Hillary Clinton, which was characterized as part of the Russian government’s efforts in helping his father’s campaign.
“Well, I wonder why the Secret Service, if this was nefarious, why the Secret Service allowed these people in. The president had Secret Service protection at that point, and that raised a question with me,” Jay Sekulow, said on Sunday on the ABC News’ “This Week.”
Here’s Trump’s lawyer Jay Sekulow blaming the Secret Service for the Don Jr. meeting pic.twitter.com/Wx0kPA4HPm
— Eric Morrow (@ericmorrow11) July 16, 2017
Reuters reports, Secret Service spokesman Mason Brayman said Trump Jr. wasn’t under Secret Service protection at the time of the meeting.
“Donald Trump, Jr. was not a protectee of the USSS in June, 2016. Thus we would not have screened anyone he was meeting with at that time,” the statement to Reuters said.
If the Secret Service was present for the meeting, that means Donald Trump was present or the meeting was inside his close security perimeter. This Russia meeting story isn’t going away. Every time a Trump surrogate opens his or her mouth, more lies tumble out and controversy continues to intensify.
It’s a bad move to piss off the Secret Service that’s protecting the Trump family by putting their lives on the line. Dragging them into the Trump-Russia scandal is not smart. It’s just plain wrong.