Secret Service Rejects Claim By Trump’s Lawyer That They Allowed Junior’s Meeting With Russian Spy

Reuters reports:

The U.S. Secret Service on Sunday denied a suggestion from President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer that it had vetted a meeting between the president’s son and Russian nationals during the 2016 campaign.

“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 the president’s legal team, said on Sunday on the ABC news program “This Week.”

In an emailed response to questions about Sekulow’s comments, Secret Service spokesman Mason Brayman said the younger Trump was not under Secret Service protection at the time of the meeting, which included Trump’s son and two senior campaign officials. “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,” the statement said.

  • Jonathan Smith
  • Do Something Nice

    It’s Obama’s fault. No, Hillary’s. No it is Joe and Mika’s fault.

    • Ranger One

      What a weak little man Trump is.

    • FAEN

      It’s all of the above! 😉

    • Dave B

      That was the same day I burned the morning toast, it could very well be my fault.

  • Menergy

    Boom, asshole….

  • DaddyRay

    BOOM Mic Drop

    Next excuse

  • another_steve

    Jay Sekulow is the pus on top of the legal profession’s zit.

    How he’s permitted to have a license to practice law is totally beyond me.

  • Anastasia Beaverhousen

    I am sure that Donnie is not feeling well today with this news so I think I will send him some greetings….

    • AC

      what about that do you find amusing?

      • another_steve

        Deer kill resulting from cars isn’t funny. When I encounter it I take solace, though, in the fact that in the natural world nothing goes to waste. Scavengers quickly benefit from the deer’s misfortune.

        Where I live, Black Vultures perch on top of traffic lights and lighting poles and await their meals.

        • FAEN


        • GayOldLady

          Where I live the vultures sit high up in the trees or on the livestock fences next to the State Route knowing they’ll have breakfast, lunch and dinner served up daily. Everything from deer to rabbit to possum to turtle is on their menu.

          • Ragnar Lothbrok

            Where we live, the Turkey vultures were circling the neighbors house, for a long time.
            We said, oh finally ! They are coming for the bitch.

          • another_steve

            A fawn was killed in our woods by (we think) a predator.

            I swear to Zeus, in exactly 72 hours the vultures stripped it down to bare bones. Not a scrap of flesh or meat left on it.

          • Ragnar Lothbrok

            That’s how I see my end too.

          • another_steve


            I’ve instructed my loved ones that I do not want to be cremated. I want the other critters that lurk in the soil to benefit from my demise.

          • prixator

            So, cardboard coffin?

          • GayOldLady


        • canoebum

          There are more White-tailed Deer in the US now than 200 years ago. Through our agricultural practices and suburban houses patterns, we’ve created the edge environment that allows them to thrive. With fewer big cats, bears and wolves, they have almost no predators. If we didn’t shoot them regularly and (unfortunately) hit them with cars, we’d be more overrun with them than we are now.

          • another_steve

            Over-development is responsible for much of the damage from deer that people complain about, yes. My house sits on a five-acre wooded property that was once the exclusive domain of White-tailed Deer. That’s the reality.

            I have no particular problem with controlled hunts meant to cull over-populations of deer, provided the meat is eaten.

            Trophy hunting, however, is an abomination.

          • Treant

            ^^ This. Or why I have few objections to deer hunting, done responsibly.

            Without it, we’d be over-run since we removed all of their predators except us. And nobody wants to find a starving deer on their doorstep.

        • Bj Lincoln

          I hit a deer on an unlit back road totaling my truck and he got up and ran away. We have black vultures that hang out in our backyard. Big as turkeys. They are fun to watch.

          • Dazzer

            All you Americans are rough, tough pioneer types.
            In the UK, the Red Kite population was dying out and everyone was worried about it. Then a small colony was discovered in a town north of London called High Wycombe.

            Some enterprising locals decided to help the birds thrive and started putting out Kentucky Fried Chicken on their bird tables.

            The Red Kite population has since exploded. However, they’ve now become really picky. They’ll eat some friend chicken but treat other brands with disdain. And woe betide any householder who doesn’t put out the chicken at 6pm. The birds just circle the house and make threatening swoops on household pets until the fried chicken is put out for them,

            I think our Red Kites are probably sneering at your Black Vultures for not having trained you properly.

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        I get what you are saying, but still.

    • GayOldLady

      Oh, that’s wicked!!!!

      • Kruhn

        More like evil!

        • GayOldLady

          Where I live that is a common site, minus the balloon of course. You could feed a family of 4 off the road kill within a square mile of my home. Just got back from a road trip where we visited the States of Illinois, Missouri, Iowa and Nebraska. Between the road kill and the crops it was a like a roadside buffet. I never knew so much corn existed until I saw Nebraska and Iowa. And I was told that most of the corn isn’t even grown for human consumption but rather for fuel and for feed.

    • Treant
      • prixator

        Which is the dumb & ugly one and which is the ugly & dumb one?

      • B Snow

        I feel so bad for roadkill, but I still laughed at that.

        • Jwmvh

          I have to look away. It breaks my heart.

  • Rex

    When the only representatives from the Trump administration the media can get to talk to them are their lawyers, then you know Trump knows he’s in trouble.

    • another_steve

      Incompetent lying lawyers, at that.

      • MaryJOGrady

        Jay Sekulow is a longtime employee of hateful Jeebusite and TV preacher Pat Robertson. Incompetence and lying are in the job description. (Can you imagine an intelligent lawyer working for Mr. 700 Club?)

        • FAEN

          I didn’t know that.

          • MaryJOGrady

            Robertson made Sekulow what he is today: a lying, scheming “Jew for Jesus” with his own TV show and a son waiting to take over the franchise, just like Robertson has.

        • prixator

          Can you imagine an intelligent lawyer just watching the 700 club? (Except for laughs.)

    • Buford

      …and yet polling today says 82% of Republicans approve of Trump’s performance as POTUS.

      • Bj Lincoln

        No way!

        • Buford

          “But the poll offers some potential good news for the president: He has largely kept support within his own party. While Democrats and independents disapprove of Trump’s performance by large margins, those who identify themselves as Republicans continue to approve, 82%-15%”.

          • John30013

            Keep in mind that less than 40% of the U.S. electorate are registered as Republicans (I think the actual figure is around 34%). So that comes out to around 32% of the electorate, which maps fairly well to the 36% approval rating Trump has been receiving lately (I think Joe posted about the most recent poll elsewhere).

  • Do Something Nice

    Sekulow is the only man on the planet whose makeup is worse that Trumps.

  • GayOldLady

    Twitter rumor has it that Donald Trump was in that meeting as John Barron. 🙂

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    The SS doesn’t decide who meets who or why, they only protect, period.
    Amateur blowhard, oh and the lawyer too 🙂

    • tbj5

      Junior didn’t have SS protection then. Not until months later.

      But Senior did.

      The lawyer likely unintentionally admitted that Donnie Sr. was at that meeting in some capacity.

      • stuckinthewoods

        It explains why Trump might have allowed then-unprotected Jr. to attend a meeting which he himself could not do without SS guard. It explains why if Trump was present in Trump Tower that day why he couldn’t attend the meeting.

  • tbj5

    If he’s actually admitting the Secret Service was there, then that means Trump was there/directly involved in the meeting with the Russian lawyer and spies.

    Blaming the SS seems too specific and unexpected to be a random lie he made up. Especially such an easily disproven lie, since Junior didn’t have SS protection then.

    This asshat looks stupid enough to blurt out this excuse and expose that Donnie was there running this show, and not Junior. The media should press on this more, instead of assuming it was a bizarre non-sequitur lie.

    • lymis

      He’s acknowledging that the Secret Service was in the BUILDING, not necessarily in the MEETING. All the reports are that he was one floor up the whole time. Nothing that indicates he couldn’t have been on a conference call.

      If we start getting denials that the Trump Tower phone system was involved in a conference call, we’ll know they did it with a smartphone on speaker.

  • Jerry Kott

    As they continue to shit where they eat!

  • FAEN

    I trust the Secret Service, not Uday.

  • zhera

    I’ve been saying all along: tRump senior was at that meeting.At least via teleconference, or maybe the microwave oven.

    OOOH! Next he’ll claim that that the microwave oven ordered him to meet Russian spies.

    • stuckinthewoods

      Almost certainly tRump was listening even if he couldn’t physically be there without the SS taking notice.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok
  • Rex

    Not a good sign when this douche is the best lawyer Trump can employ.

    • Bj Lincoln

      It is for us. I don’t want him to have a good lawyer. One would think he could afford better.

      • bzrd

        other people’s money

      • Duck

        He would actually have to pay them to afford better.

  • Buford

    I’ll state the obvious… this argument was laughable when Trump tweeted it and it’s laughable now. Nobody suggested that the problem with the meeting was the Russian attendees were dangerous enemies of the US. The problem with the meeting is the troubling subject matter and the fact that the 3 senior reps from Trump’s campaign were so eager to attend.

  • Sashineb
  • lymis

    Donald shoots himself in the foot with yet another of his gold-plated firearms.

    No doubt people with more devious minds than I have considered this all along, but this is the first reference I’ve heard to the Secret Service, and Trump is the one who raised it.

    I’ve been convinced for months now that Trump is up to his eyeballs in this Russian complicity, but I’d been assuming that the reason he so far can’t seem to be directly implicated is that he was either too careful, or that what our intelligence agencies have on him is too sensitive to leak – which is an incredibly high bar at this point where everyone is leaking like a Depends convention.

    Now Trump raises a new, and as yet, not widely discussed point – with Secret Service in the building, he would never have gotten away with being part of that meeting. He was probably ticked off beyond measure in his narcissistic little brain about it. I keep hearing hints that he may have been there on a conference call, which would cement the fact that he knew his Secret Service people wouldn’t have overlooked his attendance.

  • Stubenville
  • Halou

    The Secret Service was not offering protection for Donald Trump Jr. at that time so the only reason would be at the meeting was if Donald Trump Sr. himself was there, something which he vehemently denies.

  • dcurlee

    I think they believe if they keep lying they believe people will be dumb enough to believe them. I truly hope this administration goes down in flames

    • Mikey

      the problem is, people ARE stupid enough to believe their lies.
      need proof?
      36% of the voting public STILL thinks that Trump is doing a good job.

      • Snarky

        That tells me there’s 36% of the electorate who get their information strictly from their fact-free conservative bubble. Fox, Breitbart, Infowars, etc. Those outlets hardly talk about the Trump campaign’s collusion with Russia, and when they do it’s just to say the Dems are making things up to try to delegitimize the election. The GOP runs both houses of Congress and the White House, yet those outlets play victim, saying the Democrats are obstructionists blocking legislation. And it goes on and on. Don’t expect that number to ever change much, because that 36% wants to live in that bubble and be told only what they want to hear.

        • Smokey

          If I remember correctly Nixon retained his base right up until the moment he resigned.

          • Snarky

            I bet you’re right. I used to work with a guy who told me he voted for Nixon. He said “the guy won in a landslide, and now you can’t find anyone who will tell you they voted for him! But at least I’ll admit it.”

  • ohbear1957
    I’d say both lying and stupid.

  • Mike Rasor

    Publicly undermining the people charged with taking a bullet for you. Real smart.

  • Dagoril

    “My son is a traitorous traitor, but it’s everybody’s fault except my son’s! Oops, me too.”

  • Nick in Pasadena

    I know we shouldn’t judge people by their appearance, but I swear that if I went to Central Casting asking for a ‘slimeball lawyer,’ someone who looks like this guy is exactly what I would get.

  • Lumpy Gaga

    There’s a reason you’re a benchwarmer, Jay.

  • JWC

    squirrel squirrel

  • -M-

    Also they screen for physical threats like kidnapping and assassination and I suppose eavesdropping devices, not immoral or illegal suggestions.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    So where are we at now?

    Disparage the Military – Check
    Ridicule the Intel Community – Check
    Demonize the press – Check
    Deny facts – Check
    Demand confidential voter info – Check (attempt failed)
    Lawyer up – Check
    Lawyers Lawyer up – Check
    Lawyers attack credibility of Secret Service – Check

    Seriously, how this administration has been allowed to continue this long without any kind of incident/censure is beyond me. #WitherAmerica