Trump lawyer and guy who looks like an angry schoolmarm Jay Sekulow tried out a novel defense for Donald Trump Jr.'s infamous Trump Tower meeting last year. Under questioning Sunday by Jon Karl of ABC's “This Week,” Sekulow floated the theory that it was the Secret Service's fault:
KARL: “But do you accept what we heard from the president's pick to run the FBI, that what should've happened there, you know, a situation where you have representatives of a foreign government offering assistance to — in an election, that what should've happened is that the FBI should've been notified?”
SEKULOW: “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.”
The Secret Service rejected the idea that its role is to save the president's 39-year-old son (why, he's practically a baby!) from his own poor choices by pointing out that it was not even providing security to Trump Jr. then:
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.
Had the Secret Service been guarding Trump Jr., its job is to provide only physical protection. Agents will vet visitors who might be a physical threat to the president and those around him. But whether the visitor is a political threat to Trump and his family is not their concern.
Even if the president himself turns out to have been in that meeting — and would that really surprise anyone by now? — Sekulow still wouldn't have a point.
The Trump team just refuses to take responsibility for this meeting. The president's defenders have tried to blame everyone else under the sun for Trump Jr.'s actions. In their telling, it was all a setup by a wide-ranging conspiracy that included the Democratic National Committee, opposition research group Fusion GPS and former Attorney General Loretta Lynch.
Sekulow's latest is just another log on the conspiracy bonfire. It might set off howls from Rush Limbaugh's audience, but it is not going to satisfy congressional investigators or anyone else with two brain cells to rub together.
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