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>> The US Secret Service rejecting a suggestion from President Donald Trump's personal lawyer. That the agency had vetted those who attended a controversial meeting between the President's son and a Russian lawyer during the 2016 campaign. Jay Sekulow, a member of Trump's legal team, said Sunday on ABC's This Week.
Quote, I wonder why, if this was nefarious, the Secret Service allowed these people in. The President had Secret Service protection at that point and that raised a question with me. But the President was not at the June 2016 meeting, also attended by a Russian-American lobbyist. Once a Soviet spy, according to NBC, and two others from Trump's inner circle.
In an emailed statement to Reuters, a Secret Service spokesman said that Donald Trump Jr. was not protected by the Secret Service at the time. And therefore, quote, we would not have screened anyone he was meeting with. The Secret Service's mission is to provide physical protection for the US President.
The agency also protects major presidential candidates. Its role in vetting people who meet with a US President or a candidate is limited to ensuring physical safety.