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FILE - In this April 17, 2017, file photo, Donald Trump Jr., the son of President Donald Trump, speaks to media during the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. At the heart of Donald Trump Jr.’s unusual campaign-season meeting with a Russian lawyer was an obscure sanctions law that has infuriated the Kremlin. The Magnitsky Act, passed by Congress in 2012, was a U.S. response to the dubious death of a different Russian lawyer named Sergei Magnitsky. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

The Secret Service rejected a claim that it vetted Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting with a Russian lawyer


The Secret Service rejected a suggestion from President Trump's attorney Jay Sekulow that it had vetted the meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and Russian Lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya.

"Donald Trump Jr. was not a protectee of the USSS in June, 2016," the agency said in a statement. "Thus we would not have screened anyone he was meeting with at the time."

Sekulow, appearing on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday, denied that anything illegal occurred during the meeting and said the Secret Service wouldn't have allowed it if it was "nefarious."

"If this was nefarious, why'd the Secret Service allow these people in?" Sekulow said.

The Secret Service said it would not have screen checked any of the meeting participants because Trump Jr. was not under their protection at the time.

The meeting in New York in June 2016 last year included eight people and was held under the pretense that Veselnitskaya was going to provide damaging information on Hillary Clinton.

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