Pence lawyers up in expanding Russian Federation probe

Posted June 16, 2017

Speaking at the inaugural Conference on Prosperity and Security in Central America today, Vice President Mike Pence announced he will travel to Central and South America in August on behalf of President Trump.

Pence's office confirms he has hired Richard Cullen, who served as USA attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia during the term of George H.W. Bush and later worked on George W. Bush's legal team during the 2000 Florida recount.

Trump, who hired his own lawyer last month for probes by a special counsel and congressional committees, lashed out on Thursday after a report that he was under investigation for possible obstruction of justice.

That's according to a statement from Pence spokesman Jarrod Agen.

Vice President Pence has lawyered up. "There is no evidence of collusion between our campaign and any Russian officials".

Cullen is a former federal prosecutor who has long ties to former FBI Director James Comey, whom Trump fired on May 9.

Pence had been looking at hiring his own counsel for several weeks, and made his decision earlier this week after interviewing several candidates, his office said.

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The Washington Post was first to report the news. The vice president was kept in the dark for almost two weeks about Flynn's false statements before learning the truth in a Post report.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is meeting with leaders of Central America and senior officials from Mexico as President Donald Trump signals a policy shift toward the region. He also was part of George W. Bush's legal team during vote recount in Florida during the 2000 presidential election.

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. Of course, as a public servent, Pence's salary has been paid for by taxpayers for years but I suppose we're just splitting hairs at that point.

Pence's choice for outside counsel contrasts with the president's.

Marc Kasowitz, the outside counsel hired by President Trump, does not have experience in politically-charged cases.

And Vice President Dick Cheney consulted Terrence O'Donnell, a partner at Williams & Connolly, on several issues during his time in the Bush administration.