Secret Service rejects suggestion it vetted Trump son's meeting Jul 17, 2017 0 280 12345 REUTERSWASHINGTONTHE US Secret Service on Sunday denied a suggestion from President Donald Trump's personal lawyer that it had vetted a meeting between the president's son and Russian nationals during the 2016 campaign.Donald Trump Jr. has acknowledged that he met in New York with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya after he was told she might have damaging information about his father's rival, Democrat Hillary Clinton."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,"Jay Sekulow, a member of the president's legal team, said on Sunday on the ABC news program"This Week."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.According to emails released by Trump Jr. last week, he eagerly agreed to meet Veselnitskaya, who he was told was a Russian government lawyer. Veselnitskaya has said she is a private lawyer and denies having Kremlin ties.On Friday, NBC News reported that a lobbyist who was once a Soviet counter-intelligence officer participated in the meeting, which was also attended by Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and the president's former campaign manager, Paul Manafort.The meeting appears to be the most tangible evidence of a connection between Trump's election campaign and Russia. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Trump on offensive as Russia revelations seem to take toll Jul 17, 2017 0 325 Healthcare vote delayed over McCain surgery Jul 17, 2017 0 223 Trump losing public support: Poll Jul 17, 2017 0 326 Venezuela vote puts pressure on Maduro AFP CARACAS HUNDREDS of thousands of Venezuelans cast ballots Sunday in a symbolic vote seen likely to reject plans by President Nicolas Maduro to rewrite the constitution, upping pressure on the beleaguered leader .. Huge California wildfire spreads overnight as firefighters dig in REUTERS LOS ANGELES FIREFIGHTERS battled on Sunday to gain control of a destructive wildfire burning near Santa Barbara, California that mushroomed in size overnight, pushed by gusty offshore winds into dry brush that .. US SC gives Hawaii until Tuesday to answer Trump travel ban motion REUTERS WASHINGTON THE US Supreme Court has asked the State of Hawaii to respond by Tuesday at noon to President Donald Trump's motion to block a judge's ruling that prevented his travel ban from being applied to .. Brazil's Lula says people will decide his fate Sao PAULO BRAZIL'S former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said Saturday that voters would decide his fate, shrugging off his graft conviction and insisting he was still in the presidential race. It was .. Trump appoints special counsel to manage Russia probe WASHINGTON US President Donald Trump on Saturday announced the appointment of a former federal prosecutor as special counsel, with US media reporting that he would manage issues linked to the Russia probe. The brief ..