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Vice President Mike Pence Retains Outside Counsel in Russia Investigation

19 Juin 2017

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence stepped up Washington's war of words with Venezuela yesterday, telling Latin American leaders the country was a prime example of what happens when democracy is undermined, and urging the region to condemn its government.

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.

Vice President Mike Pence has hired McGuireWoods chairman Richard Cullen to represent him in the congressional and special counsel's investigations into Russian influence.

Cullen is no stranger to high-profile federal investigations: He served as special counsel to former Sen.

Mr Pence's office announced the decision to hire Mr Cullen on Thursday.

Amid reports that special counsel Robert Mueller is also looking into whether Trump tried to obstruct justice, several White House aides are expected to be contacted by his team and are in the process of "lawyering up". Mueller will be interviewing three top intelligence officials as part of the investigation.

Pence has seldom addressed the Russian Federation issue, which has overshadowed Trump's efforts to overhaul the healthcare system, cut taxes and boost jobs - priorities that Pence has worked on intensively with Republican lawmakers. Records show that former vice president Dick Cheney hired a lawyer during the Valerie Plame investigation. Pence's communications director Jarrod Agen said in a statement.

Cullen's official biography touts his "extensive experience" defending large multi-nation corporations in investigations and says his counsel to corporate executives and others has involved "matters of the utmost sensitivity, often involving issues of national security". This means he will use a campaign fund of some kind to foot the bill.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Pence spent Friday attending a fundraiser for his PAC, Great America Committee, in Indianapolis.

Cullen was also on the staff of former Rep. M Caldwell Butler, R-Virginia, who was a freshman congressman when he voted to impeach then-President Richard Nixon over the Watergate scandal.

He represented high profile clients such as former United States congressman Tom DeLay and Elin Nordegren, ex-wife of golfer Tiger Woods.

Vice President Mike Pence Retains Outside Counsel in Russia Investigation