President Donald Trump’s lawyer, Jay Sekulow, recently tried to blame the Secret Service for allowing Donald Trump Jr.’s Russia meeting to take place.
In response, the Secret Service made it clear that they did not approve of the meeting because Trump Jr. was not being protected by them yet.
“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 a statement.
The Secret Service issued their statement after Sekulow criticized them on Sunday for allowing the meeting to happen.
“Well, I wonder why the Secret Service, if this was nefarious, why the Secret Service allowed these people in,” Sekulow said on ABC’s This Week. “The president had Secret Service protection at that point, and that raised a question with me.”
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A Secret Service veteran explained that they were only protecting Trump from physical threats at that point and not screening for counterintelligence.
“At that stage, we would only screen for physical threats, we were not at the stage to be in a counterintelligence posture,” a 14-year veteran of the Secret Service explained.
Sekulow’s claims were no doubt an effort to try and deflect the humiliation that Trump Jr. is facing after it was revealed that he was so eager to meet with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya to receive damaging information about Hillary Clinton.