Politics Secret Service responds to Trump lawyer: Russia meeting not screened

23:00  16 july  2017
23:00  16 july  2017 Source:   The Hill

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One of President Donald Trump 's personal lawyers defended a meeting that the president's son had with Russian nationals during the 2016 campaign, suggesting that the meeting involving Donald Trump Jr. had been screened by the Secret Service .

Nevertheless, with plenty of time to prepare, Trump responded to a reporter’s question with a “I think I’ve done a tremendous service to the country by choosing him,” Trump The purpose of the meeting was expressly made clear to Trump Jr.: dirt on Clinton from a Russian government lawyer .

Trump lawyer heads to Sunday shows to launch full-court defense© Provided by The Hill Trump lawyer heads to Sunday shows to launch full-court defense The Secret Service responded on Sunday to President Trump's personal lawyer Jay Sekulow's claim 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."

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

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Trump Jr. immediately made things worse for himself responding with a statement that acknowledged he had, at the very NBC News Just Revealed Another Shocking Participant In Trump Jr.’s Russian Lawyer Meeting . Here’s Who Trump Expects To Pay For His Russia Collusion Defense Lawyers .

President Trump 's lawyer blamed the U.S. Secret Service for allowing a Russian lawyer , Russian -American lobbyist and translator in to Trump Tower to attend a meeting with members of Trump 's campaign.

However, that protection did not extend to Trump Jr. at the time, according to the Secret Service.

"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 said in a statement to Reuters on Sunday.

The Secret Service 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.

They are also authorized to protect major presidential and vice presidential candidates and their spouses within 120 days of a general election, according to the website.

The White House is grappling with a slew of revelations from a meeting arranged by Trump Jr. and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, which was billed to him as a meeting to provide damaging information on Hillary Clinton.

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