Jay Sekulow on DJT Jr. meeting: ‘If this was nefarious, why’d the Secret Service allow these people in?’
Donald Trump’s attorney, who has made it very clear he does not represent Donald Trump Jr., busted out a brand new defense for the president’s son’s meeting with a Russian lawyer who offered “damaging information” on Hillary Clinton that supposedly came from the Russian government: obviously the meeting was on the up and up because the Secret Service let it happen.
— ABC News (@ABC) July 16, 2017
“Well, I wonder why the Secret Service, if this was nefarious, why the Secret Service allowed these people in,” Jay Sekulow said on ABC’s “This Week” when asked if he thought the FBI should have been notified about the meeting. “The president had Secret Service protection at that point, and that raised a question with me.”
Well, that’s not really the Secret Service’s job. They basically serve as body guards and also investigate financial crimes, and neither of those duties would prevent them from allowing this meeting to happen. The fact that Secret Service let Natalia Veselnitskaya and Russian-American lobbyist Rinat Akhmetshin into Trump Tower pretty much just means they posed no physical threat and weren’t carrying suitcases full of counterfeit money.
On top of that, Trump Jr. claimed he, Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort didn’t know who the meeting was with until they arrived, and it’s pretty tough for Secret Service or any other law enforcement agency to vet surprise guests. Plus, Akhmetshin himself previously said there wasn’t even a security check.
“No one asked us for IDs,” Akhmetshin told Yahoo News last week. “We literally walked in.”
Sounds like the Secret Service wasn’t even involved.
UPDATE, 5:25 p.m.: The Secret Service said that Sekulow doesn’t know what he’s talking about.
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