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Pence hires outside legal counsel

16 June 2017

He was also appointed as USA attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia under President George H.W. Bush.

Mr. Trump has retained his own private legal counsel, as Mueller goes forward with the "witch hunt" Russian Federation probe, as the president has called it.

"I can confirm that the Vice President has retained Richard Cullen of McGuire Woods to assist him in responding to inquiries by the special counsel", Agen wrote.

Vice President Pence has lawyered up.

He dismissed as "phony" the idea that his campaign colluded with any Russian effort to sway the 2016 election.

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

According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection data, apprehensions of illegal immigrants at the U.S. -Mexico border fell to 19,967 in May from 42,473 in January, a drop of 53 percent.

Pence picked the attorney earlier this week, following a several-week selection process that included interviews with several possible choices, an aide told the newspaper.


Pence, who after the election served as head of Trump's White House transition team, has stood by Trump's assertion that there are no ties between Trump's campaign and Russian Federation.

Pence's visit comes one day before President Donald Trump is expected to also stop into Miami to talk about changes to the U.S. -Cuba policy.

The Washington Post first reported Pence was hiring counsel. He has defended large corporations in Department of Justice investigations, and served as Virginia's attorney general in the late 1990s.

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

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.

Vice President Al Gore also retained outside counsel in conjunction with an inquiry into his fundraising activities, including several telephone calls he made from his White House office soliciting Democratic campaign contributions.

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

Pence hires outside legal counsel