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Secret Service Denies Vetting Trump Jr. Russia Meeting

On Sunday, one of President Trump’s lawyers, Jay Sekulow, tried to bring the Secret Service into the meeting Donald Trump Jr. and other Trump campaign officials had last June with a Kremlin-linked lawyer offering negative information on Hillary Clinton. “Well, I wonder why the Secret Service, if this was nefarious, why the Secret Service allowed these people in,” he said on ABC’s This Week. “The president had Secret Service protection at that point, and that raised a question with me.” The Secret Service responded Sunday evening: “Donald Trump Jr. was not a protectee of the USSS in June 2016,” said agency spokesman Mason Brayman. “Thus we would not have screened anyone he was meeting with at that time.” The meeting, at Trump Tower, also included Jared Kushner, Trump’s then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort, Russian-American lobbyist Rinat Akhmetshin, publicist Rob Goldstone, and at least two other people.

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