The Secret Service Just Destroyed Trump Lawyer’s Bizarre Defense Of Don Jr’s Russia Scandal

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Amateur president Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Jay Sekulow made the rounds on the Sunday news shows to defend the former reality show star’s son over his meeting with a Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer. Sekulow claimed that Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting during the 2016 presidential campaign, which he set up in order to gather damaging information on Hillary Clinton, would not have happened if the Secret Service had considered it “nefarious.”

“If this was nefarious, why’d the Secret Service allow these people in?” Sekulow asked on ABC’s “This Week.”

“The president had Secret Service protection at that point,” he said. “That raised a question with me.”

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The only problem is that Junior was not under protection from the Secret Service at the time.

“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,” Secret Service spokesman Mason Brayman said in an emailed statement to Reuters on Sunday.

 

As ThinkProgress points out,

Unless the Secret Service thought that the senior Trump or Vladimir Putin himself was going to be at or very near the meeting, Sekulow’s claim that the Secret Service “allowed” the Russians in is what raises the real questions.

According to the emails Junior released on Twitter last week, he was eager to meet the woman — who he was told was a Russian government lawyer. Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law, and former campaign manager Paul Manafort were also at the meeting. “I love it!” Don Jr. said in the email chain. The alleged president has tried to defend his son by calling the media reporting the scandal ‘fake’ but Junior released the emails himself.

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