The top Democrat and ranking member on the House Committee on
Oversight and Government Reform sent a letter to US
Secret Service director Randolph D. Alles on Monday requesting
any documents related to vetting who came and went
from Trump Tower on June 9, 2016.
Cummings wrote that the letter was prompted by “recent
conflicting reports” on the Secret Service’s
role in vetting Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, former
Soviet military intelligence officer Rinat Akhmetshin, and others
who met with Donald Trump Jr., Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner,
and former campaign manager Paul Manafort at Trump Tower in
Cummings was referring to President Donald
Trump’s lawyer’s assertion Sunday that the
meeting between the president’s son, top campaign staff, and
a lawyer who’s been described as a “Russian government attorney”
was innocent. If it weren’t, he said, the Secret Service would
not have let the Russians into Trump Tower.
“Well, I wonder why the Secret Service, if this was nefarious,
why the Secret Service allowed these people in,” one of Trump’s
lawyers, Jay Sekulow, said on ABC’s “This
“The president had Secret Service protection at that point, and
that raised a question with me,” Sekulow added.
But the Secret Service released a
statement the same day confirming that Trump Jr. was not
under its protection on June 9, 2016. The agency said it
“would not have screened anyone he was meeting with at that
time.” Neither Kushner nor Manafort were under Secret Service
protection at that point.
Cummings’ letter noted that the meeting has been said to
have taken place on the floor beneath the one Trump occupied
during the campaign. Trump had just clinched the Republican
nomination at the time, and he was also under Secret Service
Trump has denied knowledge of the meeting. But…