Trump's Lawyer Places Blame for Russia Meeting on Secret Service, but Not So Fast, They Say

A secret service agent looks on as Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016, in Abingdon, Va. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

So one of President Trump’s outside lawyers, Jay Sekulow, hit the Sunday morning shows to run defense against the heat generated this past week over news of Donald Trump Jr’s meeting with a Russian lawyer, presumably to receive dirt on Hillary Clinton, straight from the Russian government.


Sekulow, in his defense, tried to lay the bulk of blame on the backs of the U.S. Secret Service.

Said Sekulow:

“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. “That raised a question with me.”

At some point, you have to wonder if those riding the Trump train are instructed to just abandon all reason.

Everyone has seen the emails, by now. It didn’t seem as if the younger Trump was giving a lot of thought to the Secret Service.

Once Sekulow’s comments had circulated, raising the question as to if this was a Secret Service slip-up, however, the Secret Service responded.

“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.

Well, now Jay Sekulow seems dopey.


The Secret Service gives protection to presidential and vice presidential candidates and their spouses for around 120 days before a general election. Once Trump was president-elect, meaning after the election, his kids fell under the umbrella of protection by the Secret Service.

The meeting at Trump Tower attended by Trump Jr, Jared Kushner, Paul Manafort, the lawyer, and others happened several days after Trump was deemed the winner of the primaries.

Sekulow did Trump no favors this morning. This situation is getting more complicated by the day. It seems very much like the team are just throwing things at the wall to see what might stick.



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