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Washington - Trump Lawyer Defends Don Jr. Meeting, Says Secret Service Allowed It

Published on: July 16, 2017 02:30 PM
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Washington - 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 the fact that the Secret Service allowed the meeting showed it was not “nefarious.”

“Well, I wonder why the Secret Service, if this was nefarious, why the Secret Service allowed these people in. The president had Secret Service protection at that point, and that raised a question with me,” Jay Sekulow, a member of Trump’s legal team, said on Sunday on the ABC news program “This Week.”

Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., acknowledged meeting with a Russian lawyer in New York City during the 2016 presidential campaign after he was told she might have damaging information about his father’s rival, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

According to emails released by Trump Jr. last week, he eagerly agreed to meet the woman, who he was told was a Russian government lawyer. The woman, Natalia Veselnitskaya, said she is a private lawyer and denies having Kremlin ties.

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On Friday, NBC News reported that a lobbyist who was once a Soviet counter-intelligence officer participated in the meeting, which was also attended by Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and the president’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort.

Sekulow’s comments drew quick criticism, including from Frances Townsend, who advised Republican former president George W. Bush on homeland security.

“Ok let’s try to deflect blame & throw those in @SecretService who protect @POTUS @realDonaldTrump @FLOTUS & family under the bus,” she said on Twitter.

The Secret Service’s mission is to protect the physical safety of the U.S. president. The agency also provides protection for presidential candidates, though its role in vetting people who meet with the candidates is limited to ensuring that they do not pose a physical threat.

A federal special counsel and several congressional panels are investigating allegations by U.S. intelligence agencies that Russia meddled in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, as well as potential connections between Russian officials and the Trump campaign.

Moscow has denied any interference and the president and Trump Jr. have denied any collusion.



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 Jul 16, 2017 at 02:59 PM Anonymous Says:

What kind of lawyer even gets involved in advocating for someone else's client? Is that normal? I would have thought that the professionally correct response is to say something like "Trump Jr. has a lawyer representing him, and that would be the person to answer your question". Am I wrong?

Isn't there also a potential conflict of interest issue? I mean, if Trump Jr. is a person of interest in a criminal case that involves his father and his father's campaign and things get serious and ugly, they all might end up knowingly or unknowingly incriminating each other and then having to decide how defend against each other's statements.

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 Jul 16, 2017 at 02:57 PM hashomer Says:

Decadent Don and Junior now need a lawyer to explain all their lies. Last'week they were 'totally transparent'. Then we learn of the KGB lobbyist showing up at the meeting and the Rooskie lawyer giving Junior a file of alleged Hillary dirt. Toxic Trumpf will lie his way out of office. What junk will he pull this week? Total disgrace w NO accomplishments. Feh...

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 Jul 16, 2017 at 05:59 PM Anonymous Says:

Junior did not have Secret Service protection at that time. This prooves that the POTUS himself was at this meeting. He is the missing person.

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 Jul 16, 2017 at 06:09 PM Hoshomer Says:

Dems need to understand that no one cares about Russia anymore. 9 months later and still that's is all they talk about. Employment booming and stock market at record highs that's all American's care about.

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 Jul 16, 2017 at 06:22 PM Anonymous Says:

Doesn't matter. #MAGA.

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 Jul 16, 2017 at 07:39 PM The nonsense keeps piling up Says:

Secret service is to provide Security. They don't vett criminal or subversive acts.
I just WISH they could be keepers and minders for these sociopathic narcissists.

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 Jul 17, 2017 at 09:11 AM georgeg Says:

Reply to #6  
The nonsense keeps piling up Says:

Secret service is to provide Security. They don't vett criminal or subversive acts.
I just WISH they could be keepers and minders for these sociopathic narcissists.

Leaving aside the question of whether there actually was any Secret Service protection, the Secret Service is still a legal Federal law enforcement agency. Protecting their ward may be their primary task, but when that is accomplished one assumes they still are required to report any illegal (or suspicious) activities they see, just like any other law enforcement agent.

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 Jul 17, 2017 at 09:28 AM Phineas Says:

Reply to #4  
Hoshomer Says:

Dems need to understand that no one cares about Russia anymore. 9 months later and still that's is all they talk about. Employment booming and stock market at record highs that's all American's care about.

I care as do may others judging by the polls

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 Jul 17, 2017 at 03:01 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #4  
Hoshomer Says:

Dems need to understand that no one cares about Russia anymore. 9 months later and still that's is all they talk about. Employment booming and stock market at record highs that's all American's care about.

You really need to stop channeling the party line and read the poll numbers.

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