Home » U.S.

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.


  • Davis on scene of Virginia shooting

    Davis on scene of Virginia shooting

    Hodgkinson was among those taken to a hospital Wednesday, and President Trump announced that he had died from "his injuries". Four people were shot and one congressman, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana, was shot in the hip.
    Sessions is appearing before Senate Intel Committee: What could happen?

    Sessions is appearing before Senate Intel Committee: What could happen?

    In March, Sessions recused himself from any investigations into Russia's actions in the 2016 campaign. The hearing in the Hart Senate Office Building is scheduled to start at 2:30 p.m.
    Potcoin sponsoring Rodman's North Korea trip

    Potcoin sponsoring Rodman's North Korea trip

    North Korea called the system a provocation that it says is aimed at bolstering US military hegemony in the region. Rodman has said he is trying to "accomplish" something both he and President Trump need through this visit.
  • Sessions' testimony to Congress Tuesday to be open to public

    There are growing calls for the tapes of the president's conversations with former FBI Director James Comey to be released. During his own testimony last week, Comey said that he understood Trump's request "to be a directive".

    Apple Legalizes In-App Tipping for Content Creators

    Follow him on Facebook and Twitter for updates and his random thoughts on the latest trends in gaming, tech, and comic books. Now, it's worth noting noting that some of the incentive for developers to constantly prompt for reviews has been taken away.
    Team-Melli to play Russian Federation  in a friendly on October 10th

    Team-Melli to play Russian Federation in a friendly on October 10th

    The world's maxumum soccer tournament will be celebrated in Russian Federation , from June 14 to July 15, 2018. Men, woman and children spilled into the streets with flags and chants and motorists honked their horns.
  • Fox News Drops 'Fair And Balanced' Slogan after 21 Years

    Fox News Drops 'Fair And Balanced' Slogan after 21 Years

    Sources at the network said there had been no official announcement regarding the change. Fox News has had multiple slogans during its history, including "We Report ".
    IDFA Appreciates FDA Extension on Nutrition Facts Label Compliance

    IDFA Appreciates FDA Extension on Nutrition Facts Label Compliance

    The agency said it would provide details on the extension through a Federal Register Notice at a later time. Among other changes, the refreshed label design increases the type size for "Calories" and "Serving Size".
    North Korea expecting visit from former NBAer Dennis Rodman

    North Korea expecting visit from former NBAer Dennis Rodman

    North Korea believes its missile programme is the only way to deter Washington from trying to overthrow the Kim Jong-un regime. Rodman was filmed leading a sing-along of "Happy Birthday" to the leader, a man he calls a friend and a "very good guy".
  • Global coal production sees biggest decline in history

    Global coal production sees biggest decline in history

    Global energy markets saw weak growth for the third consecutive year, with energy demand notching up by just 1 percent in 2016. The latest report from BP detailing the global energy consumption for 2016 has shown how the black rock is on the decline.

    No bond for woman accused of leaking top-secret documents

    Her court-appointed attorney, Titus Nichols, told CNN he was unable to confirm Tuesday that the Twitter account was Winner's. Victor remains in a county jail in Lincoln County, Georgia, while she awaits a detention hearing on Thursday, officials said.
    'Wonder Woman' buries 'The Mummy' at box office

    'Wonder Woman' buries 'The Mummy' at box office

    Cruise is now filming Mission: Impossible 6 with Christopher McQuarrie , who also nabbed a writing credit onThe Mummy . The Gal Gadot starrer has already crossed the mark of $300 million at the worldwide box office before this weekend.


Woman raped by Roman Polanski asks judge to dismiss case
Nicholson was not at home at the time of the offence and prosecutors dropped charges of rape and sodomy against Polanski. She enrolled in a fashion school and plans to launch her own collection. "Much worse things happen to people", she said.

UK's Theresa May pays heavy price for gamble
The British Labour Party, led by Jeremy Corbyn , is set to gain seats following the British election, according to exit polls . The Scottish National Party is projected to win 34 seats, the Liberal Democrats 14 seats, and other parties 22 seats.

'Where' could be the final hurdle for Mayweather-McGregor
McGregor? Jeff Sherman, the oddsmaker at the Westgate sports book in Las Vegas, made Mayweather a minus-1000 favorite. The fight will be broadcast on Showtime PPV. "He is absolutely 100% positive that he wins this fight", White said.

Premier League Fixtures 2017/18 - when are the biggest games?
They are playing Manchester United , Real Madrid and Tottenham in America and are back in Scandinavia for a second summer running. David Wagner's Terriers face Chelsea , Everton , Manchester City and Arsenal in their final four games.

Congressman who witnessed shooting gives emotional, harrowing retelling of baseball shooting
Steve Scalise was "badly injured" in a shooting at a congressional baseball game but says he will "fully recover". Practice for the game began in late April, with players meeting every day at 6:30 a.m.to prepare for the game.

Wonder Woman Kills Tom Cruise's The Mummy At The Domestic Box Office
Critics weren't kind to Cruise's The Mummy , with the film's Rotten Tomatoes rating now standing at a disastrous 17% fresh. And at No. 3 is " Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie ", bringing in an estimated $12 million in its second week out.

Map Shows Growing US 'Climate Rebellion' Against Trump
Alongside Syria and Nicaragua, the U.S.is now the only nation not participating in the accord. It was a short time later that President Trump pulled the USA out of the agreement.

Draymond being Draymond: Warriors' Green embraces role of NBA Finals heel
Unlike previous year , the Warriors will head into Game 5, another potential closeout, with their gritty forward available. As poorly as he shot and played, Steph Curry was not about to let one loss in the NBA Finals derail him or his team.

After UK Election, The Only 'Certainty' In Britain Is Uncertainty
Conservative MP for Broxtowe, Anna Soubry, told the BBC May would have to "consider her position" in the wake of the election . At a press conference today, DUP leader Arlene Foster was vague about a working relationship with May's Conservatives.

DUP to support minority Tory government after 'confidence and supply' deal reached
PROTESTERS have marched on Downing Street to protest the alliance between the Tories and Democratic Unionist Party . With nearly all seats declared, no party will reach the threshold of 326 required for an overall majority.