Pence hires outside legal counsel

Austin Daniel
June 16, 2017

The vice president's office said Thursday that Pence has retained Richard Cullen, a Richmond-based lawyer and chairman of McGuire Woods who previously served as a US attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia.

He was also the US attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia during former President George W. Bush's administration.

Vice President Pence has hired outside legal counsel to help with both congressional committee inquiries and the special counsel investigation into possible collusion between President Trump's campaign and Russian Federation.

Pence spokesman Jarrod Agen confirmed the hire and said the Vice President wants a "swift" resolution.

Cullen referred all requests for comment to Pence's office.

Mueller is also looking at a second line of inquiry: whether, if any potential offenses were committed, Trump or others attempted to cover them up or obstruct the investigation into them, the source said.

Cullen's hiring was first reported by the Washington Post.

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The vice president's decision to enlist outside legal counsel marks the most recent in a flurry of moves by the Trump administration to combat investigations into Russian meddling with the election.

In a tweet Thursday morning, Trump called the Post's report "phony". On Monday, a Trump friend said the president was considering dismissing Mueller although the White House said later he had no plans to do so.Republican Senator John Thune defended Mueller's integrity and said he needs to be able to continue to do his job and get to the bottom of the issues."It's not a witch hunt", Thune told MSNBC in an interview on Thursday.

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.

Cullen previously served as attorney general of Virginia.

"A flourishing economy gives people a reason, a reason to put down roots in the land of their birth and to grow rather than fleeing to the north", Pence said.

Cullen, for what it's worth, is the godfather of one of former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey's daughters.

Other reports by TheSundaySentinel

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