Published: Fri, June 16, 2017
U.S. | By Vera Richards

Vice President Pence Hires Outside Lawyer To Deal With Russia Inquiries

Vice President Pence Hires Outside Lawyer To Deal With Russia Inquiries

Vice President Mike Pence speaks during a conference on Prosperity.

Pence's office confirmed Thursday that he retained Richard Cullen, chairman of McGuireWoods LLP, to assist him in responding to inquiries by special counsel Robert Mueller.

According to the Washington Post, Vice President Mike Pence has retained outside counsel to handle inquiries related to special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe.

The Washington Post was the first to report the news Thursday, noting that Pence had hired former Virginia attorney general Richard Cullen to represent him.

The lawyer, Richard Cullen, is a former Virginia attorney general and a former USA attorney for the eastern district of Virginia.

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Trump has suggested there might be tapes of his encounters with Comey; Comey said last week that "lordy" he hopes there are. He said he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had long discussed their concerns with Comey's job performance.

A final decision was made to hire Cullen earlier this week. Many expect Trump to roll back several policies and actions from former President Barack Obama done in an effort to help thaw relations between the two nations.

Comey would not say in his testimony last week whether he thought the president sought to obstruct justice, but added it would be up to special counsel Mueller "to sort that out".

Special prosecutor Robert Mueller has been on the job for nearly a month and already Vice President Mike Pence is getting his own lawyer.

Mueller is investigating alleged Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.

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