Vice President Mike Pence hires outside counsel in Russia probe

Vice President Mike Pence hires outside counsel in Russia probe

Vice President Mike Pence hires outside counsel in Russia probe

Pence announced his travel plans Thursday as he spoke at a conference in Miami focused on Central America.

Pence's office confirms that he has retained Richard Cullen of McGuire Woods "to assist him in responding to inquiries by the special counsel".

The White House says Pence will travel from August 13 to August 17.

Pence hired outside counsel to represent him before congressional inquiries and federal investigation headed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. He also served as special counsel to Virginia Sen.

Aides said the vice president had considered several candidates before settling on Cullen and made his final decision earlier this week.

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The lawyer, Richard Cullen, is a former Virginia attorney general and a former U.S. attorney for the eastern district of Virginia. Paul Trible, a member of the Senate committee that investigated the Iran-Contra scandal, and his work for Rep. M. Caldwell Butler, a key Republican vote on the House Judiciary Committee who voted in favor of impeaching Richard Nixon during Watergate.

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President Trump has his own private lawyer, Marc Kasowitz.

Mueller is investigating alleged Russian interference in the 2016 USA presidential election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.

The Washington Post first reported Pence was hiring counsel. He launched into a new Twitter tirade against it Thursday morning, calling it "phony" and the "single greatest with hunt in American political history". The Associated Press and other news organizations have also reported that Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, in December proposed a back channel between the Trump transition team and the Kremlin. He delivered an on-camera statement sharply criticizing James Comey after the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director's recent testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

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