Donald Trump’s lawyer Jay Sekulow blames the U.S. Secret Service for allowing Donald Trump Jr. to meet with Russians in Trump Tower after being promised damaging information on Hillary Clinton.
“If this was nefarious, why’d the Secret Service allow these people in?” Sekulow asked during an interview on ABC News This Week on Sunday.
Jonathan Karl: But do you accept what we heard from the president’s pick to run the FBI, that what should’ve happened there, you know, a situation where you have representatives of a foreign government offering assistance to — in an election, that what should’ve happened is that the FBI should’ve been notified?
Sekulow responded: 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.
This sounds like a confession because the Secret Service protected only Donald Trump, the candidate, not his family. So it begs the question, was Donald Trump Sr. at the meeting too?
Think Progress: “In November 2015, then-Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson approved Secret Service protection for then-candidates Donald Trump and Ben Carson. The agency protects “[m]ajor presidential and vice presidential candidates and their spouses,” as well as the president, vice president, their immediate families, and visiting foreign heads of state and their spouses. As such, Trump and his wife Melania were being protected at the time of the meeting.”
According to an email chain between Trump Jr. and Rod Goldstone, who arranged the meeting, it was part of the Russian government’s effort to help his father’s presidential campaign.