The Secret Service Just Threw Trump Jr Under The Buss On Russia Meeting
As the White House struggles to contain a barrage of damning revelations concerning a meeting arranged by President Trump’s eldest son and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, which was billed to him as a meeting to provide damaging information on Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, the Secret Service just added more fuel to the Russia scandal.
On Sunday, President Trump’s lawyer Jay Sekulow claimed that Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russian lawyer during the campaign 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.
Well, the Secret Service has responded to Sekulow’s claim, and it’s not pretty.
It turns out, that protection did not extend to Trump Jr. 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 a statement to Reuters on Sunday, according to The Hill.
The agency is authorized to protect immediate family members of the president, vice president, the president-elect, the vice president-elect, as well as other individuals in the presidential line of succession, according to the Secret Service’s website.
The Secret Service is also authorized to protect major presidential and vice presidential candidates and their spouses within 120 days of a general election, but not their adult children, according to the website.