Sununu: Sunday show hosts are 'surrogate sponsors' of the 'Democratic perspective'

Sununu: Sunday show hosts are 'surrogate sponsors' of the 'Democratic perspective'
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John Sununu said during an interview on Monday that the hosts of the Sunday political shows "are surrogate sponsors ... of the Democratic perspective."

The message from the former George W. Bush chief of staff and ex-New Hampshire governor came on Fox News in defense of President Trump's lawyer, Jay Sekulow. Sekulow one day earlier appeared on all the major Sunday talk shows to discuss Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden slams Trump over golf gif hitting Clinton Trump Jr. declines further Secret Service protection: report Report: Mueller warned Manafort to expect an indictment MORE Jr.'s election-year meeting with a Russian lawyer that has dominated headlines.

"What they wanted to do with Sekulow, going on all the shows, the shows in which virtually all of the hosts are surrogate sponsors, if you will, of the Democratic perspective," said Sununu.

"And he said, 'Look, tell me which law, which rule, which regulation, which statute there supposed to be a violation of,' " he continued, referring to the legal ramifications for Trump Jr.

"He, in essence, probably should have emphasized that, in my opinion, by saying, 'Put whatever scenario you want on that meeting, and tell me even with the hypothetical scenario, what violation should be given to [special counsel] Robert Mueller to investigate for that meeting,' " Sununu concluded.

Sekulow said Sunday that the meeting between the president’s eldest son and a Russian lawyer offering damaging information on then-Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBiden slams Trump over golf gif hitting Clinton Overnight Cybersecurity: Equifax hit by earlier hack | What to know about Kaspersky controversy | Officials review EU-US privacy pact Overnight Tech: Equifax hit by earlier undisclosed hack | Facebook takes heat over Russian ads | Alt-right Twitter rival may lose domain MORE 13 months ago would not have happened if the Secret Service considered it “nefarious.”

“If this was nefarious, why'd the Secret Service allow these people in?” Sekulow asked on ABC’s “This Week."

The Secret Service has pushed back, however, saying Trump Jr. was not protected at the time of the meeting.

Multiple investigations are looking into whether Russia attempted to influence the result of the 2016 election in Trump's favor.

Sekulow insisted on Sunday that Trump was not aware of the meeting until news broke on it in a New York Times exclusive on June 9. He also said the meeting was not illegal.

"The president was not aware of that meeting did not attend that meeting,” Sekulow said on ABC. "Donald Trump Jr. himself said things should’ve been done differently. Having said that again, none of that is [in] violation of the law. That’s more process."