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Trump Jr.'s Lawyer Says Secret Service Cleared Meeting - They Throw Cold Water On Claim

Reports that Donald Trump Jr. had a previously undisclosed meeting with a Russian lawyer managed to flip the news cycle on its head. The never-ending story about alleged Russian collusion in the 2016 presidential election finally seemed to be running its course, but the new information has given the story a whole new set of legs.

Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort met with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya last year in New York, and the meeting was entered into with the understanding that she had some damaging information on Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton to share. The meeting took place and reportedly consisted of little of substance, but the fact that it’s been revealed after the fact has led to a black eye for the Trump administration.

As AOL shares, Jay Sekulow, a member of the president's legal team, made the talk show rounds this weekend to throw shade on the story. He raised an interesting point during an appearance on ABC’s “This Week.”

"Well, I wonder why the Secret Service, if this was nefarious, why the Secret Service allowed these people in,” he said. “The president had Secret Service protection at that point, and that raised a question with me."

That seems like a reasonable point, and it immediately lent some credibility to the Trump team’s assertion that there’s nothing to see here. Alas, the Secret Service would step in and issue a statement that dismissed Sekulow’s point.

"Donald Trump, Jr. was not a protectee of the USSS in June, 2016,” the statement said. “Thus we would not have screened anyone he was meeting with at that time."

Well, there goes that theory. Sekulow would take another stab at things on the CBS program "Face the Nation."

"The president was not aware about this meeting, did not participate in this meeting," he asserted.

Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) is a leading Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee, and he’s not buying that.

"Frankly, it's a little bit unbelievable that neither the son or the son-in-law ever shared that information with their dad, the candidate," he said. "Whether we'll be able to get the Russian nationals to come over and testify is an open question. Those people that our committee has jurisdiction over, the Americans, I sure as heck want to talk to them."

Frances Townsend, who advised former Republican President George W. Bush on homeland security, is among the others that have taken umbrage with Sekulow’s assertions.

"Ok let's try to deflect blame & throw those in @SecretService who protect @POTUS @realDonaldTrump @FLOTUS & family under the bus," Townsend shared on social media.

Those that are suffering from Russia fatigue had better get used to it, as this story is not going away anytime soon. While it’s easy to blame the media’s obsession with beating a dead horse for that, the fact that the story came back to life rests solely with the Trump camp. If this meeting was disclosed previously, would we be even talking about it right about now?

The answer is no, as it would have been swept away with all of the other Russia hysteria. Whether there’s anything to see here or not remains to be seen, but the Trump camp can’t deflect blame on this one.

Source: AOL, CNN
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