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VP Pence hires outside legal counsel

VP Pence hires outside legal counsel

Pence hired Richard Cullen, chairman of law firm McGuireWoods, to help him respond to inquiries from special counsel Robert Mueller, a spokesman said.

President Donald Trump last month named Marc Kasowitz, a New York-based trial lawyer, as his private attorney for the Russian Federation investigation.

But as the special counsel investigation progresses - focusing increasingly on the president himself and his actions in office - the vice president's account as a possible witness may become more relevant. Every time his opponent, vice-presidential candidate Tim Kaine, brought up a statement by Trump-a public, documented statement, the veracity of which Americans could easily validate-Pence did not embellish.

The announcement comes amid reports that Mueller's investigation has broadened to include Donald Trump's son-in-law and close adviser Jared Kushner.

The president denies doing anything wrong and has called the investigations a "witch hunt".

After President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, Pence repeated the initial White House explanation that Comey was dismissed based on the recommendation of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

Cullen also has prosecution experience on the state level, serving as Virginia attorney general from 1997 to 1998.

Mr. Pence, who had little relationship with the president before joining the campaign ticket just before last July's Republican convention, is most likely a peripheral figure in the government's inquiry into Russia's interference in the election and potential collusion with members of the Trump campaign.

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Trump and the Russian leadership have repeatedly denied information about Russia's interference in the U.S. elections.

Pence hires BigLaw lawyer in Russian Federation probe... Any such step would face a steep hurdle as it would require approval by the U.S. House of Representatives, which is controlled by Trump's fellow Republicans. It's hard to imagine what that will mean to a conspiratorial mind like Donald Trump's.

Vice President Pence has lawyered up.

But Mr Comey also testified that to his knowledge the president had not tried to stop the Russian Federation investigation.

The administration initially gave differing reasons for his dismissal, including that he had lost the confidence of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Trump hired his own personal lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, a week ago, and he has been hard at work defending the president with factually inaccurate statements.

The vice president was kept in the dark for almost two weeks about Flynn's misstatements, before learning the truth in a Post report.

A spokesman for Mueller's team declined to comment.


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