Pence hires outside legal counsel

Wade Massey
June 16, 2017

Vice President Mike Pence started a speech to a Central American security conference by expressing gratitude for the Capitol police officers who defended members of Congress in a shooting that wounded several lawmakers and their aides at a baseball field outside Washington.

The news comes on the heels of reports Wednesday that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office is gathering evidence about whether President Trump or anyone in his administration tried to end the investigation into Michael Flynn, as part of the investigation into Russian election meddling and any ties between Russians and the Trump campaign.

Cullen previously served as Virginia attorney general and USA attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.

The president has also hired outside counsel, attorney Marc Kasowitz, to handle Russia-related inquiries.

That's according to a statement from Pence spokesman Jarrod Agen. Vice President Mike Pence was expected to address the conference later Thursday at Florida International University.

He dismissed as "phony" the idea that his campaign colluded with any Russian effort to sway the 2016 election. The investigation is also looking into whether or not the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow.

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The Washington Post first reported Cullen's hiring.

Vice President Mike Pence told leaders of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador that the US shares their goal of improving their economies, which coincides with a Trump agenda that includes stronger border enforcement and less illegal immigration. 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 president denies doing anything wrong and has called the investigations a "witch hunt". Of course, as a public servent, Pence's salary has been paid for by taxpayers for years but I suppose we're just splitting hairs at that point. They declined to say what had sparked Pence's decision to hire an outside lawyer and referred all questions concerning the Russian Federation investigation to Cullen's office.

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

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