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Pence hires outside legal counsel

16 June, 2017, 06:24 | Author: Simon Thompson
  • Trump under investigation for possible obstruction of justice: Washington Post

USA and Central American officials found common ground Thursday on the benefits of economic development and the need to reduce drug trafficking as the administration of President Donald Trump proposes to dial back financial assistance to the region.

Vice President Mike Pence has retained the services of attorney Richard Cullen to represent him in legal matters related to the ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Cullen, who has experience litigating the Iran-Contra investigation, Watergate and the 2000 vote recount in Florida, is a former United States attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.

President Donald Trump has hired his longtime personal attorney, Marc Kasowitz, as his own outside legal representative.

Cullen referred all requests for comment to Pence's office. "There is no evidence of collusion between our campaign and any Russian officials".

His other high-profile clients have included Tom DeLay, the former Republican majority leader who was investigated by the Department of Justice for his relationship with Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff; Elin Nordegren, the ex-wife of Tiger Woods, in her divorce from the golf star; and former senator Paul Trible (R-Va.), during the Iran-contra investigation.

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.


Special Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating whether anyone on Trump's campaign, or associated with it, with him or with any of his businesses, may have had any illegal dealings with Russian officials or others with ties to the Kremlin, said one USA official familiar with the rough outlines of the probe who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Carlos Diaz Rosillo, director of policy and interagency coordination in the White House, said the US and the Central American leaders hoped to make commitments on infrastructure plans and energy reform, among other things.

The Washington Post first reported the Cullen hire.

Pence has said very little publicly about the probe.

Comey told a Senate panel last week he believed Trump fired him to undermine the FBI's Russian Federation probe. At the time, Pence - along with Attorney General Jeff Sessions, senior adviser Jared Kushner, Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and White House Counsel Donald McGahn - was one of the small group of senior advisers the president consulted as he mulled over his decision.

The vice president's office said Pence is committed to cooperating in the investigation, and he hired lawyer Richard Cullen so Pence could continue to focus on the administration's goals.

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