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“Join The Dots”, By G-Squared

Join The Dots

This is a little game called Join the Dots. Each one of these people were in The Craft. Many reached 33 degrees.

US Presidents.
George Washington, James Monroe, Andrew, Jackson, James Polk, James Buchanan, Andrew Johnson, James Garfield, William McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt, Howard Taft, Warren Harding, Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton.

The JFK Murder.
Gerald Ford, J.Edgar Hoover, Earl Warren, Lyndon Baines Johnson, George H. W. Bush.

Jack The Ripper.
Randolph Churchill, William Gull. The Judge, The Constable, The Newspaper Owner, (Bowes-Lyon) The Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne at Glamis Castle, Eddy Duke of Clarence.

War in The Middle East.
Yasser Arafat, King Hussein, Saddam Hussein, Benjamin Netanyahu, Shimon Peres, Yitzak Rabin, Colin Powell, Bill Clinton, Tony Blair, Jimmy Carter, George H. W. Bush.

The Potsdam Conference.
Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry Truman, Winston Churchill, Joseph Stalin.

The US Federal Reserve (1913).
James Rothschild, Jacob Schiff, Felix M. Warburg, Paul Moritz Warburg, Lord Alfred Milner, Col. Edward Mandell House.

The Moon Landing.
Walt Disney, Buzz Aldrin, John Glenn, Walter Schirra Jnr., Virgil Grissom.

Communism.
Frederick Engels, Alexander Kerensky, Vladimir Lenin, Vasili Maklakov, Karl Marx, Leon Trotsky, Joseph Stalin.

Craft G-Squared

And an interesting list of various world prominents.
Mikhail Gorbachev, Al Gore, Billy Graham, Henry Kissinger, Gene Autry, John C. Breckinridge, Admiral W. Baird, John Wilkes Booth, James Cameron, Henry Clausen, Aleister Crowley, James Doolittle, Bob Dole, Sam J. Irwin, King Frederick II, Barry Goldwater, Newt Gingrich, Richard Holbrooke, Jesse Helms, Burl Ives, Jesse James, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Duke Michael of Kent, Helmut Kohl, Robert McNamara, Francois Mitterand, Henry Morganthau, Thurgood Marshall, James G. Martin, Douglas MacArthur, Robert di Nero, Henry Palmerston, Albert Pike, Roscoe Pound, Olof Palme, Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, Prince Philip, Jozef Retinger (founder EU, Bilderberger Group), Cecil Rhodes, Rev. Robert Schuller, Rudolph Steiner, Bill Schnoebelen, Gerhard Schroeder, Strom Thurmond, Richard de Vos, H.G.Wells, Brigham Young, Nat King Cole, Louis Armstrong, Wolfgang Mozart, J.C.Bach, Napoleon Bonaparte, Davey Crocket, Benjamin Franklin, Ludwig Berthoven, John Hancock, Roberto Calvi, John Wayne, Gustave Eiffel, Wilbur and Orville Wright, Henry Ford, Budd Abbott, Lou Costello, W.C.Fields, Billy Wilder, Bill Murray, Nickolas Gage, Pierce Brosnan, Bruce Willis, Tom Hanks, Michael Caine, Richard Dreyfus, Johnny Cash, Michael Richards, Albert Einstein, Mark Twain, Don Rickles, Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor, Stephen Colbet, William Dafoe, Will Ferrell, Christopher Walken, Brad Pitt, Elvis Presley, O.J.Simpson, Steven Wozniak, Colonel Harland Sanders, Bill Cosby, Simon Cowell, Johnny Depp, George Clooney, Dr. Dre, Will Smith, Ludacris, Snoop Dogg, Martin Lawrence, Phil Collins, Kanye West, Usher, Obeezy, Denzel Washington, Jamie Foxx, Kevin Bacon, Neil Tyson, Matt Groening, Dr. York, Afrika Bambaataa, John Pershing, Buster Keaton, Duke Ellington, Peter Sellers, Bob Hope, Paul Revere, Buffalo Bill Coady, Charles Lindbergh, Omar Bradley, Claire Chennault, Rudyard Kipling, Glenn Ford, Robert Burns, James Smithson, Roy Rogers, Count Basie, Dr. William Mayo, Marquis de Lafayette, Lewis and Clark, J.C.Penny, Frederick Maytag, Alexander Pope, Mark Twain, Booker Washington, Harry Houdini, Ringling Brothers (7), Jack Warner, King Camp Gillette, Thomas Lipton, Walter Chrysler, Clarke Gable, Harpo Marx, Mel Blanc, John Sousa, Sugar Ray Robinson, Carroll O’Connor, Samuel Colt, Sam Houston, Stephen Austin, James Bowie, and on and on.

By G Squared

Trump Takes Victory Lap On Healthcare Vote, Tangles With Protestors And Jokes With Crowd


Trump and Melania spoke in Youngstown, Ohio – the sixth such ‘campaign’ rally
Before they took the stage, Trump’s pregnant daughter-in-law Lara and first son Eric warmed up the crowd 
At least three protesters were kicked out of the Covelli Centre, a converted hockey arena
President took victory lap after Tuesday’s 51-50 Senate vote that moved an Obamacare repeal bill forward
Trump was in his usual mood to bash reporters, calling the news media ‘a dishonest group of people’
Warmest and most sustained applause was for economic issues, jobs and revitalizing factories 

By David Martosko, Us Political Editor For Dailymail.com In Youngstown, Ohio
Published: 09:10 +10:00, 26 July 2017 | Updated: 15:50 +10:00, 26 July 2017

Donald Trump took a victory lap Tuesday night in Ohio, hours after being on the winning side of a legislative squeaker that will restart the national debate over Obamacare.
‘You think that’s easy? That’s not easy,’ the president declared as he congratulated the U.S. Senate for moving ‘to begin debating a bill repealing and replacing the Obamacare disaster!’
‘It’s time for Democrats to stop resisting. That’s their term. “Resist! Resist!”‘ Trump fumed, moments after drawing a giant ‘Boooo!’ at the mention of President Barack Obama’s name.
‘They have to do finally what’s right for the American people, but probably we’ll do it ourselves,’ he said, referring to Republicans in Congress.
‘Today we won 51 to 50 and didn’t get one Democrat vote. Think of it,’ he vented.
Earlier, after a raucous round of ‘CNN sucks!’ cheers brought on by a presidential critique of ‘fake news,’ a more sinister roar floated through a Youngstown arena.
A man holding a pillowcase painted with ‘Trump/Pence Must Go’ shouted at the president from about 20 yards away.
For two full minutes police made their way to the solo demonstrator as fans clawed at his banner. Trump stood silent, watching and furrowing his brow.
At last, with the protester and his banner yanked outside, Trump deadpanned: ‘Where the hell did he come from?’

Trump Victory lap

 

Donald Trump applauds as he walks across the stage prior to his campaign-style rally in Ohio on Tuesday night

 

 

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“100k-ton message to the world’: The USS Gerald R. Ford

Darlen Superville Associated Press – Sunday, 23 July 2017

With praise and a blessing for the military, President Donald Trump helped hand over the USS Gerald R. Ford to the Navy on Saturday and said the state-of-the-art aircraft carrier will send a “100,000-ton message to the world” about America’s military might when it is ultimately deployed.
U.S. allies will rest easy, Trump said, but America’s enemies will “shake with fear” when they see the Ford cutting across the horizon.

The president and commander in chief of the U.S. armed forces likened the $12.9 billion warship to “an incredible work of art” and boasted about the American labor that went into building a vessel that eventually will house thousands of sailors and crew members.
Trump’s participation in the ceremony also capped “Made in America” week at the White House, during which the president and administration officials sought to draw attention to U.S. manufacturing.
“American steel and American hands have constructed this 100,000-ton message to the world,” Trump said of the Ford during a speech that praised the bravery and spirit of U.S. service members and referenced his desire for a buildup after years of spending restrictions.
“American might is second to none and we’re getting bigger and better and stronger every day of my administration. That I can tell you,” Trump told thousands of service members and guests, including former defense secretaries Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld, all packed into the steamy hangar bay on the main deck.

Cheney and Rumsfeld

“Wherever this vessel cuts through the horizon, our allies will rest easy and our enemies will shake with fear because everyone will know that America is coming, and America is coming strong,” Trump said.
After the speech, he put the Ford into commission and asked God to “bless and guide this warship and all who shall sail in her.” He was followed by Susan Ford Bales, the ship’s sponsor and daughter of the 38th president, whom the ship honors.
“There is no one, absolutely no one, who would be prouder of the commissioning of this mighty ship than the president of the United States, Gerald R. Ford,” she said. “I am honored to give the command: ‘Officers and crew of the United States Gerald R. Ford, man our ship and bring her to life.'”
“Anchors Aweigh” played as row after row of sailors in crisp, white uniforms who had been standing in formation began filing off to man their stations. Sirens and bells sounded, horns blared and the U.S. flag was hoisted high above the deck.
Soon after, the captain was informed that the “ship is manned and ready and reports for duty to the fleet.”
Trump, who visited the carrier in March, told Time magazine this year that the Navy should revert to using steam catapults to launch fighter jets because some of the USS Ford’s state-of-the-art systems and technology “costs hundreds of millions of dollars more money and it’s no good.”
Construction started in 2009 and was to be completed by September 2015 at a cost of $10.5 billion. The Navy has blamed the delays and budget overruns on the ship’s advanced systems and technology, including electromagnetic launch systems for jets and drones that will replace steam catapults.
The warship also has a smaller island that sits farther back on the ship to make it quicker to refuel, re-arm and relaunch planes, and a nuclear power plant designed to allow cruising speeds of more than 30 knots and operation for 20 years without refueling.

USS Gerald R. Ford
The vessel completed sea trials in April but still will go through a battery of tests and workups at sea before becoming ready for deployment, work that is expected to cost nearly $780 million and take more than four years to complete, congressional auditors said this month.
Docked at Naval Station Norfolk, the USS Ford eventually will house about 2,600 sailors, 600 fewer than the previous generation of aircraft carriers. The Navy says that will save more than $4 billion over the ship’s 50-year lifespan.
The air wing to support the Ford could add more personnel to the ship, which is designed to house more than 4,600 crew members.
The Ford was built at Newport News Shipbuilding, a giant Navy contractor in Virginia.
Trump used the appearance to prod Congress to approve his request for an additional $54 billion for the military next year. House lawmakers, at least, are working to up his request.
Trump called for an end to mandatory spending reductions that he said has led to deferred maintenance, insufficient spending on new equipment and technology, and a drop in military readiness. He said changes in the defense acquisition process are needed to make sure the U.S. gets the best equipment at the best prices.
“We want the best equipment, but we want it built ahead of schedule and we want it build under budget,” Trump said.

FAKE NEWS Is The Norm In Corporate Mainstream Media

FEEL FREE TO CHECK OUT YOUR MSM NEWS SOURCES GUYS: THIS IS REAL NEWS!

CNN fake news

 

Pulitzer Prize-winning Journalist resigns from CNN after being busted for Fabricating Fake News – Ethan Huff.
Following more than a years’ worth of binge-publishing of fake-news about the Trump campaign, CNN has announced the resignation of three of its top ‘journalists,’ including Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Eric Lichtblau. Along with Thomas Frank and Lex Haris, Lichtblau was found guilty of publishing false information about Russia’s alleged meddling in the 2016 Presidential election, a rumour that was apparently started by none other than failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. The resignations came to a head after CNN carelessly published a story recently accusing entrepreneur Anthony Scaramucci, an ally of President Trump and a member of his transition team, of colluding with Russia to get Mr. Trump elected.
These allegations centered around a delusion by these CNN reporters that Scaramucci was somehow connected to a Russian investment fund that’s currently under Congressional investigation, a rumour that has since proven to be completely false. There was never any proof to support these allegations, other than a single “anonymous source” that CNN and many other mainstream ‘news’ outlets grabbed onto as “evidence” that President Trump had worked with the Russians to cause Clinton to lose the election.
When it became undeniable that the whole thing was completely made up, CNN had no choice but to do something – anything – to mitigate the damage to its already battered reputation. They chose to issue the following statement… “On June 22, 2017, CNN.com published a story connecting Anthony Scaramucci with investigations into the Russian Direct Investment Fund. That story did not meet CNN’s editorial standards and has been retracted. Links to the story have been disabled. CNN apologises to Mr. Scaramucci.”
CNN got it wrong about Comey’s investigation of Trump, too. That CNN would claim to have “editorial standards” is rather humorous considering this isn’t the first time the network has published fake news about President Trump based on little more than wishful thinking. Back in June, the dying network reported that former FBI Director James Comey was going to dispute the claim that President Trump was not under investigation by the agency. The CNN article, which was titled Trum“Comey expected to refute Trump,” was once again based on ‘anonymous sources’ that apparently told the network Comey’s conversations with the President were “much more nuanced,” and that Mr. Trump had gotten things wrong in claiming that he was not under investigation.
Four CNN journalists – Gloria Borger, Eric Lichtblau, Jake Tapper, and Brian Rokus – all compiled the story, with Borger, CNN’s chief political analyst, appearing on TV to state the following: “Comey is going to dispute the President on this point if he’s asked about it by Senators, and we have to assume that he will be. He will say he never assured Donald Trump that he was not under investigation, that that would have been improper for him to do so.” But that never happened, and CNN was forced to admit that the whole thing was simply untrue. CNN quickly changed the title of the article to “Comey unlikely to judge on obstruction,” issuing the following statement in a correction… “CORRECTION AND UPDATE: This article was published before Comey released his prepared opening statement. The article and headline have been corrected to reflect that Comey does not directly dispute that Trump was told multiple times he was not under investigation in his prepared testimony released after this story was published.”
More and more Americans are learning the truth… and that it can’t be found at CNN.
Sources for this article include:
TheIntercept.com
NaturalNews.com
CNN.com
TheHill.com
http://newstarget.com/2017-07-20-pulitzer-prize-winning-cnn-journalist-busted-for-fabricating-fake-news-resigns-from-cnn.html

Russia’s New Military Plan Calls for Defense Against the U.S. Across the ‘World Ocean’

https://www.newsweek.com/

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed off on a new state policy strategy for his navy that views the U.S. as aspiring to dominate the world’s oceans in a threat to Russia.

The strategy, in effect as of Thursday–the day Putin signed it–sheds more light into where Russia’s fleet sees potential for international friction and conflict. Among the direct naval threats for Russia falls “the striving of a series of governments, above all the United States of America and its allies to dominate the oceans, including in the Arctic and also to reach an intimidating supremacy with its naval forces.”

The strategy outline, binding until 2030, adds to previous statements from Russian navy officials who have designated the Arctic a priority development area for Moscow. The Arctic and the globe’s resource-rich northernmost are the subject of claims by Russia and four other countries, all of whom are U.S. allies.

In the 22-page navy document, intended as the policy foundation for future Russian military activities, the Kremlin’s ambitious self-image is clear. “The Russian Federation continues to retain its status as a great naval state, whose naval potential ensures the defensive of its national interests in any part of the World Ocean,” the paper declares.

Russia’s new military plan calls for defense against the US across the ‘World Ocean’© Reuters

Russia’s new military plan calls for defense against the US across the ‘World Ocean’ The document claims that other countries are trying to “limit Russia’s access to resources at sea and its access to vitally important naval transport communications,” a copy of Putin’s decree on Russia’s official legal documents database said.

The picture painted by the new strategy is one of a wider conspiracy to “reduce the effectiveness” of Russia’s navy through “economic, political, legal and military pressure on Russia.”

Meanwhile the world is in for a rough ride by 2030, the document warns, predicting “an unstable military-political environment, characterized by the increase of global competition, rivalry in the world power centers” due both to the rise of extremism and international power plays.

Russia’s navy is “one of the most effective tools of strategic (nuclear and non-nuclear) containment, including in preventing a global strike,” Putin’s decree said.

Going to be an awful lot going on in the year 2030, isn’t there?

“an unstable military-political environment, characterized by the increase of global competition, rivalry in the world power centers” due both to the rise of extremism and international power plays…..Doesn’t this rather contradict the 2030 Agenda plan of global stability and “world peace”?

Yes, Bill Clinton ASKED Russia to interfere in a US presidential election: Jon Rappoport


Yes, Bill Clinton ASKED Russia to interfere in a US presidential election
by Jon Rappoport
July 18, 2017

Press outlets are now reminding us that President Bill Clinton interfered in the 1996 Russia election that brought Boris Yeltsin to power for a second term.
This is by way of saying, “Well, if Putin helped Trump win the 2017 election, so what? The US did the same thing in Russia.”

Clinton Russia election
That’s an interesting but not terribly strong argument. However, there is another piece to the 1996 Clinton op, and it is explosive and quite relevant.
Let’s start here, with the 1996 leak of a document detailing a meeting between Bill Clinton and Boris Yeltsin. Sean Guillory, writing at jacobinmag.com, states:
“According to a White House memo leaked to the Washington Times in March 1996, Clinton and Yeltsin had agreed to support each other in their respective reelection bids.”
We are talking about mutual interference. President Clinton helps President Yeltsin win, and President Yeltsin helps President Clinton win.
Bill Clinton asked the president of Russia to interfere in a US presidential election.
Digest that.
The Washington Post (2/26/96) reports on “…a memo written by Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbott, according to White House press secretary Michael McCurry. It [the memo] recounted talks between Clinton and Yeltsin earlier this month when both leaders attended an anti-terrorism summit in Egypt.”
“The memo, as quoted in the [Washington] Times, said Clinton pledged to work with Yeltsin to maintain ‘positive’ relations with the United States as both men seek reelection this year. One way to do this, the memo quoted Clinton as saying, is for Yeltsin to stop restricting poultry imports. Clinton said ‘this is a big issue, especially since 40 percent of U.S. poultry is produced in Arkansas,’ the memo said.”
We had a US president, Bill Clinton, specifying HOW the Russian president could help him win a second term as US president.
Let that sink in.
The Associated Press reports, on March 28, 1996: “Citing a classified memo, the Washington Times reported yesterday that Clinton had promised Yeltsin to back his re-election bid by formulating “positive” policies toward Russia…On a matter important to his political supporters in Arkansas, Clinton asked Yeltsin to stop restricting poultry imports. ‘This is a big issue, especially since 40 percent of U.S. poultry is produced in Arkansas,’ Clinton said, according to the memo…On Monday, Vice President Al Gore announced Russia was lifting the ban, which was imposed because of the suspicion that U.S. chickens are not inspected sufficiently for salmonella, which causes illness.”
Clinton promises to back Yeltsin in his effort to win the presidency of Russia.
In return, BECAUSE IT IS IMPORTANT TO CLINTON’S POLITICAL SUPPORTERS, Clinton asks Yeltsin to lift Russia’s ban on importing chickens, particularly since 40% of US poultry is produced in Arkansas, Clinton’s home state. And lo and behold, Yeltsin does comply with Clinton’s request for help in winning the 1996 US presidential election. Yeltsin lifts the ban on importing US poultry.
Both president agree to interfere in each other’s election.
And it gets worse. The major chicken producer in Arkansas is Tyson. The Fiscal Times reports, on 2/2/16: “…consider a largely forgotten financial scandal that directly involved Hillary Clinton during 1978 and 1979.”
“Under the guidance of an attorney representing Tyson Foods, Hillary Clinton made a $98,540 profit from a $1,000 initial investment in less than one year trading commodity futures. While $98,540 may not seem like much money relative to the Clinton family’s wealth today, it exceeded Bill and Hillary’s combined annual income at the time.”
“…Clinton’s initial trading also had a serious irregularity…her $1,000 initial investment was well below the $12,000 deposit required by the Chicago Mercantile Exchange for the first trades she executed. So not only did Hillary make an extraordinary profit for a novice investor, she did so without following the rules applied to less well-connected traders.”
There is much more to say about the relationship between Tyson Chicken and the Clintons, but we’ll leave it there for now.
So there is a precedent of Russia interfering in a US presidential election (by stark invitation)—and nothing happened to the US president, Bill Clinton, who asked for the interference. Nothing.
Clinton was, of course, upset when the memo of his meeting with Yeltsin was leaked. But here is how he spun his objection:
Washington Post, 2/28/96: “[Clinton Press Secretary] McCurry said Clinton and [National Security Advisor] Lake considered the leak to be far more sensitive than the typical anonymous disclosure that is commonplace in Washington journalism. ‘The president feels like he ought to be able to sit down with the president of Russia and have a private conversation,’ McCurry said.”
Clinton and Yeltsin agreeing to interfere in each other’s presidential election was ignored, as if it were of no concern. The big issue was the leak of the memo. Private and highly felonious deals between two superpower chiefs of state? No problem.
To repeat: this 1996 memo-scandal of enormous proportions didn’t make a dent in Bill Clinton’s second term in office. After a brief press blast, and a round of “I’m shocked” within the Beltway, the roar died and vanished.
If a comparable memo were unearthed from the Trump team today, impeachment proceedings will begin in a matter of hours, and the press would be booking seats for the firing squad.
Soros-paid street soldiers would lift Barack Obamas up on their shoulders, break down barriers at the White House, and carry him into the Oval Office.
We need to revisit the old saying, “It’s not the conspiracy (that hurts a political criminal), it’s the cover-up (of the crime).”
There needs to be an addendum. “It’s not the conspiracy, it’s the coverage.” Meaning press coverage.
If a politician commits a major crime and the press coverage dies out, the politician gets away with it. If the press keeps hounding the politician endlessly, he doesn’t get away with it—even if there is no solid proof he committed a crime in the first place.

Yes, Bill Clinton ASKED Russia to interfere in a US presidential election

Jon Rappoport
The author of three explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED, EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, and POWER OUTSIDE THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. He maintains a consulting practice for private clients, the purpose of which is the expansion of personal creative power. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world.

Russia’s ultimatum to Trump before ‘counter actions’

Russia is demanding the immediate return of diplomatic properties seized by the Obama administration after claims Moscow hacked the US election.
The Kremlin has accused the United States of setting conditions on the return of the compounds in New York and Maryland.
Former president Barack Obama ordered their seizure in December as well as the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats.
Russia has vehemently denied any involvement in election hacking.
Deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov will meet US undersecretary of state Thomas Shannon to try to thrash out a solution on Monday.
His boss, Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov, was also reported as saying on a visit to Belarus that “anti-Russian feeling” in the United States meant it was not certain that Moscow and Washington could agree on key global issues.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: “We consider it absolutely unacceptable to place conditions on the return of diplomatic property, we consider that it must be returned without any conditions and talking.”

President Vladimir Putin raised the issue with Donald Trump when they met for the first time at the G20 summit in Hamburg this month.
Mr Obama said he was ordering the ban due to US intelligence reports of Russian hacking and an alleged influence campaign to sway the US presidential election in Mr Trump’s favour.
He said Moscow was using the compounds for “intelligence-related purposes”.
The Russian President held off from retaliating at the time and said he would wait to see how Mr Trump reacted after he came into the White House.
However, hopes that Mr Trump will soon act on his campaign pledges to boost relations have faded as any ties to Moscow have become toxic.
The White House has faced a maelstrom of US investigations into possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign.

Read The Rest:

https://news.sky.com/story/russia-demands-immediate-return-of-diplomatic-property-from-us-10951813

Trump’s lawyer insists nothing ‘nefarious’ in Trump Jr. Russia meeting

Trump LawyerA senior member of President Trump’s personal legal team said Sunday that there was nothing improper in the meeting that Donald Trump Jr., the president’s oldest son, took with a Russian lawyer promising dirt on Hillary Clinton.

“Well, I wonder why the Secret Service, if this was nefarious, why the Secret Service allowed these people in,” Jay Sekulow, a lawyer for the president, said on ABC’s “This Week With George Stephanopoulos.” “The president had Secret Service protection at that point, and that raised a question with me.”

 

It’s highly unlikely that the Secret Service, which is charged with protecting the president, his aides and his family from physical harm, would have any influence over who the president or his children chose to meet during a presidential campaign.

A Secret Service spokeswoman cast doubt on Sekulow’s claims.

“Donald Trump Jr. was not under Secret Service protection in June 2016,” said Cathy Milhoan, the director of communications for the protective agency.

The president, meanwhile, took to Twitter, where he once again portrayed the Russia investigations as a media fabrication and turned his fire on his old Democratic rival.

“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?” Trump tweeted Sunday morning.

The president’s tweets, however, did not address his son’s missteps and obfuscations regarding the Russia meeting, which have only served to feed suspicions.

Initially, Trump Jr. said the meeting focused on Russia’s moves to halt adoptions by American families, but he changed his story after new details emerged. Emails released last week show that Trump Jr. believed he was meeting with Natalia Veselnitskaya, a Russian lawyer with possible ties to the Kremlin, who would provide damaging information about Clinton as part of a Russian broader effort to assist his father’s presidential campaign. He was joined at the meeting by Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law; Paul Manafort, then a top campaign aide; and Rinat Akhmetshin, a lobbyist and possible intelligence agent in the former Soviet Union.

Trump Jr. has said that nothing came of the discussion.

Sekulow reiterated that he has seen no indication that the president is under investigation by either special counsel Robert S. Mueller III or by the House or Senate intelligence committees. Sekulow is part of a legal team headed by New York attorney Marc E. Kasowitz, and the White House said last week that Trump was adding veteran Washington lawyer Ty Cobb to handle the White House response to Russia-related investigations.

“We have had no notification,” Sekulow said on CBS’s “Face the Nation. “Nothing has changed since James Comey said three times that he wasn’t under investigation.”

Sekulow put the responsibility for the initial incomplete response regarding last summer’s meeting squarely on the shoulders of the president’s son.

“The president was not involved in the drafting of the statement and did not issue the statement. It came from Donald Trump Jr.,” Sekulow said of the initial statement to the New York Times.

Sekulow also said that there was nothing illegal in the meeting with Veselnitskaya and Akhmetshin.

“Here is the reality: The meeting in and of itself, of course, as I’ve said before, is not a violation of the law,” Sekulow said on “This Week.” He added that “the president was not aware of the meeting and did not participate in it.”

The lawyer’s response was relatively muted compared with that of the president, who said that the media’s obsession with the Russia story was interfering with his ability to govern.

“With all of its phony unnamed sources & highly slanted & even fraudulent reporting, #Fake News is DISTORTING DEMOCRACY in our country!” Trump tweeted Sunday morning.

Greg Jaffe