Jay Sekulow, a member of President Donald Trump’s legal team, blamed the Secret Service on Sunday for not stopping Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with the Russians.
“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,” referring to Trump’s protection detail as the Republican candidate. “The President had Secret Service protection at that point, and that raised a question with me.”
The meeting he is referring to is the one Trump Jr. had with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya after Trump Jr. was promised juicy dirt on Hillary Clinton.
Sekulow said he hadn’t talked to Trump yet about whether the President would eliminate the possibility of pardoning individuals caught up in the Russia scandal.
“He can pardon individuals, of course,” he said. “But I have not had those conversations, so I couldn’t speculate on that.”
“The President has said over and over again, again this week, that this is a witch hunt. I want to get specific on this. Is he saying that the Mueller investigation is part of a witch hunt?” ABC’s Jon Karl asked, referring to Robert Mueller, the special counsel overseeing the federal probe.
“Yes,” Sekulow replied. “Look how it started.”
Sekulow even suggested that Trump would be willing to testify under oath “if it came to that.”
“And I don’t think it will, but if it came to that, he would do that,” Sekulow said. “The President was very clear on that.”
On whether Trump would rule out pardoning key figures in Russia probe, Sekulow says, "I have not had the conversation with the president." pic.twitter.com/TapDsdo6yo
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