July 16, 2017 11:57 PM EDT

The U.S. Secret Service has denied it gave a green light to a meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and Russian nationals in the run-up to the 2016 Presidential Elections, pouring cold water on suggestions made by President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Sunday.

Speaking on the ABC news program This Week Jay Sekulow, a member of the president’s legal team, alluded to Secret Service vetting of a June 2016 meeting between Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya and the President’s son.

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“Well, I wonder why the Secret Service, if this was nefarious, why the Secret Service allowed these people in,” Sekulow said in response to questions about the meeting. “The President had Secret Service protection at this point, and that raised a question with me.”

But in an emailed response to Reuters, Mason Brayman, a spokesman for the Secret Service, said that that Trump Jr. was not under secret service protection in June. “We would not have screened anyone he was meeting with at that time,” Brayman said.

[Reuters]

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