Members of the Trump administration have insisted time and time again that no collusion ever took place between Russia and members of the president’s campaign. However, information continues to come out that suggests the opposite, including the news that broke last week about Donald Trump Jr., who met with Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, last summer in an attempt to obtain compromising information about Hillary Clinton.
Everyone from President Trump to Jay Sekulow, the spokesman for the president’s legal team, has tried unsuccessfully to defend the younger Donald’s actions.
The president has been doing his best to argue that his son’s meeting is not as bad as Hillary Clinton deleting her emails. He tweeted the following on Sunday morning:
‘Hillary Clinton can illegally get the questions to the Debate & delete 33,000 emails but my son Don is being scorned by the Fake News Media?’
A few hours after this message was posted, Sekulow took things in a different direction and said that the Secret Service was to blame for the meeting.
During an interview with ABC’s Jonathan Karl, Sekulow asked why the Secret Service had allowed Veselnitskaya into the meeting at Trump Tower if there was evidence to suggest that it was “nefarious.”
‘Well, I wonder why the Secret Service, if [the Trump Tower meeting] 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.’
Shortly after Sekulow made this statement, a spokesman for the Secret Service, Mason Brayman, explained that, while the president had protection at that time, Trump Jr. “was not a protectee of the USSS in June 2016.”
While Sekulow was busy trying and failing to blame the Secret Service for letting the meeting happen, some other unnamed Trump campaign officials were speaking to a reporter from The Daily Beast. These former officials explained that they have different ideas about who is responsible for the meeting that may result in the president’s early departure from the White House.
One official suggested that the blame lies with the “inherent sloppiness” of President Trump’s entire campaign. Meanwhile, another said that former campaign manager Paul Manafort, who also attended the meeting with Trump Jr., should never have let the meeting happen.
About Manafort allowing Trump Jr. to go forward with the meeting, an unnamed senior aide said:
‘It is insane, borderline psychotic, that Paul [Manafort]…let this happen. It’s just one of those things that will follow you forever.’
Another aide didn’t even try to provide an explanation for why the subject lines of the emails exchanged between Trump Jr. and Veselnitskaya — one of which read “Russia – Clinton – private and confidential” — did not set off any alarm bells for Manafort. When asked about his reasoning for allowing the meeting to take place, the source simply shrugged and changed the subject.
Some members of the Trump team are still doing their best to try and clean up the mess the president’s eldest son has made; others, though, have clearly given up.
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