Vice President Mike Pence hires outside counsel in Russia probe


Pence has retained Richard Cullen, chairman of McGuire Woods and former US attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia, the Washington Post reports.

The new allegations against Trump centre on his own admission that he fired Comey because of the Russian Federation investigation, and suggestions he asked several top intelligence officials for their help altering the direction of the inquiry.

A spokesman for Pence confirmed Cullen's hiring in an emailed statement, adding that the lawyer will assist Pence in "responding to inquiries by the special counsel".

Pence has not come under any particular scrutiny over the course of the Department of Justice Russia investigation. Flynn was forced to resign after misleading Pence about his contacts and conversations Sergey Kislyak, Russia's ambassador to the USA, during the transition. Mike Pence will be making sure Mike Pence is protected, thank you very much. He served as special counsel to former Sen. He's had experience in dealing with Washington investigations from Watergate to the Iran-Contra affair, according to his biography on the firm's website.

President Trump, who has dismissed the investigations as a "witch hunt", has already retained his own attorney, Marc Kasowitz.

Scrutiny of the president's actions has intensified since he fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey last month.

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Trump later contradicted his own staff, saying on May 11 he had the Russian Federation issue in mind when he fired Comey.

Vice President Mike Pence speaks during a conference on Prosperity and Security in Central America, Thursday, June 15, 2017, in Miami.

Mueller and congressional committees are investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election and possible connections with Trump's campaign.

That includes the finances and business dealings of Jared Kushner, who is married to Trump's daughter Ivanka, and is a senior adviser at the White House, the Washington Post reported on Thursday, citing unnamed officials familiar with the matter.

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