Jay Sekulow on Don Jr. Meeting: ‘If This Was Nefarious, Why Did the Secret Service Allow These People In?’
As Jay Sekulow did the Full Ginsburg on the Sunday shows this morning in response to Donald Trump Jr.‘s meeting, he raised a question about the Secret Service’s role on ABC’s This Week.
Jon Karl asked the member of the President’s legal team about whether he agrees that “the FBI should have been notified” about that email after Trump Jr. received it, given what was said about a Russian government effort to help his father.
This was Sekulow’s response:
“I’ve wondered why the Secret Service––if this was nefarious, why’d the Secret Service allow these people in?”
When ABC News tweeted out that comment, some on Twitter were a bit taken aback:
The new defense is to throw the Secret Service under the bus? https://t.co/zJMPGRaGDT
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) July 16, 2017
Trump defender plunges to new low, blames Trump family betrayals on Secret Service who risk life to protect the President. https://t.co/Kip8uViCeR
— Mindy Finn (@mindyfinn) July 16, 2017
Yes, because it's the Secret Service's job to enforce / police federal campaign laws… (imagine how problematic it would be if it were?!?) https://t.co/BgISRC8FLx
— Steve Vladeck (@steve_vladeck) July 16, 2017
This is not a great defense. https://t.co/ab0uedQq52
— Philip Bump (@pbump) July 16, 2017
UPDATE –– 4:12 pm ET: Reuters obtained this response from 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.”
Watch above, via ABC.
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