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Trump Jr.'s Attorney Attempts To Dismiss Scandal Claims - Secret Service Refutes His Explanation

The ongoing Trump-Russia narrative seemed to be losing some steam. Then reports that Donald Trump Jr. met with a Russian lawyer during the presidential campaign hit the news, and all hell broke loose. Despite the White House’s best efforts to dismiss the story as a big old nothing, it’s not going to go away that easy.

Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, and the president's former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, met with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya under the pretense that she had damaging information on Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. Whether Veselnitskaya provided the trio with useful information or not remains unclear, but the fact that the meeting was not previously disclosed has not led to feelings of good tidings and cheer.

As AOL shares, Jay Sekulow, a member of the president's legal team, took a stab at refuting the reports while making the talk show rounds over the weekend. First up was a stop at ABC’s “This Week,” and Sekulow offered up an interesting perspective.

"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," he said.

Before that could even become a thing, the Secret Service stepped in and released a statement to refute Sekulow’s theory.

"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 read.

Strike one. Next up was an appearance on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

"The president was not aware about this meeting, did not participate in this meeting," Sekulow said.

That’s Sekulow’s story and he’s sticking to it. Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), a top Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee, isn’t buying that at all.

"Frankly, it's a little bit unbelievable that neither the son or the son-in-law ever shared that information with their dad, the candidate," he said. "Whether we'll be able to get the Russian nationals to come over and testify is an open question. Those people that our committee has jurisdiction over, the Americans, I sure as heck want to talk to them."

Frances Townsend, who advised former Republican President George W. Bush on homeland security, would hop on social media to also throw some shade on Sekulow’s remarks.

"Ok let's try to deflect blame & throw those in @SecretService who protect @POTUS @realDonaldTrump @FLOTUS & family under the bus," Townsend wrote.

While it was a valiant effort on the part of Sekulow, his time at the plate ended with a whiff. That’s not too surprising, as there’s not too much the Trump administration can say at this point to undo the damage that the reports have caused.

Why was this meeting not previously disclosed? The Trump White House can’t answer that question, nor can they provide justification for why it was held in the first place. As such, this story isn’t going away anytime soon, and the new developments may lead us even further down the rabbit hole.

Source: AOL, CNN
Photo: YouTube

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