Secret Service rejects claim it vetted Trump Jr. Russia meeting

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Secret Service on Sunday denied a suggestion from President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer that it had vetted a meeting between the president’s son and Russian nationals during the 2016 campaign.

Donald Trump Jr. has acknowledged that he met in New York with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya after he was told she might have damaging information about his father’s rival, Democrat Hillary Clinton.

“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, a member of the president’s legal team, said on Sunday on the ABC news program “This Week.”

In an emailed response to questions about Sekulow’s comments, Secret Service spokesman Mason Brayman said the younger Trump was not under Secret Service protection at the time of the meeting, which included Trump’s son and two senior campaign officials.

“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 said.

According to emails released by Trump Jr. last week, he eagerly agreed to meet Veselnitskaya, who he was told was a Russian government lawyer. Veselnitskaya has said she is a private lawyer and denies having Kremlin ties.

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18 Responses to Secret Service rejects claim it vetted Trump Jr. Russia meeting

    • eliihass says:

      But as with all pea-brained schemers, the joke will be on him in the end…

      It’s only a matter of time..

      All will come to light, sooner or later…

      All will be told in the end…there are no secrets in this god-forsaken world…no permanent loyalties either…

      Sooner or later, everyone squeals…

  1. Former Obama Official Interviewed By Senate Intelligence Amid Russian Probe

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s chief of staff has been interviewed by the Senate intelligence committee amid its investigation into Russian meddling in the U.S. election.

    Denis McDonough declined to discuss the meeting as he left an interview with committee staffers Tuesday, but said he was “happy to come up.”

    The panel is interviewing several former Obama administration officials this week. Panel staff met with former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper on Monday and will also interview former National Security Adviser Susan Rice.

  2. majiir says:

    These tools are just throwing excuses against the wall and hoping they stick. I’ve lost the accurate count, but I’m thinking this is probably the fifth or sixth excuse Trump & Co. has peddled. Trump Jr. is no kid, and neither is Kushner and Manafort, so Sekulow’s latest excuse makes no sense. I guess their next excuse will involve portraying Trump Jr. as a little kid who needs someone else to protect himself from his own flawed decisions.

  3. vitaminlover says:

    This is clown school!

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