— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) July 16, 2017
Because they're not casino bouncers? https://t.co/F5wXsAeUKf
— Charles P. Pierce (@CharlesPPierce) July 16, 2017
Knowing the Secret Service as I do, 1)they won't be pleased by this and 2)Executive Protective service isn't there to be a chaperone. https://t.co/sRgctMPcyQ
— Juliette Kayyem (@juliettekayyem) July 16, 2017
— Daniel W. Drezner (@dandrezner) July 16, 2017
… 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…
The Secret Service’s mission is to provide physical protection for the U.S. president. The agency also protects major presidential candidates. But its role in vetting people who meet with a U.S. president or candidates is limited to ensuring physical safety.
A federal special counsel and several congressional panels are investigating allegations by U.S. intelligence agencies that Russia meddled in the 2016 U.S. presidential election to hurt Clinton and help Trump. They are also investigating potential connections between Russian officials and the Trump campaign.
Senator Mark Warner, the top Democrat on one of the panels investigating the matter, the Senate Intelligence Committee, told CNN: “The level of credibility from the senior level of this administration really is suspect.”
Warner said he wanted to hear from everyone who attended the June 2016 meeting.
“Whether we will be able to get the Russian nationals to come over and testify is an open question, (but) those people that our committee has jurisdiction over, the Americans, I sure as heck want to talk to all of them,” Warner said…
The Secret Service does not seem to have enjoyed being blamed for something it was not involved with. https://t.co/CHjFkj5dgc
— Josh Barro (@jbarro) July 16, 2017
Must have been tough for the security details for the Trump family, what with everyone having both Secret Service & Russian protection
— Dana Houle (@DanaHoule) July 16, 2017
On whether Trump would rule out pardoning key figures in Russia probe, Sekulow says, "I have not had the conversation with the president." pic.twitter.com/PuaaiP2z0P
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) July 16, 2017