Saturday, 24 June, 2017

Pence hires outside legal counsel

Jeff Sessions Jeff Sessions testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday Jonathan Ernst Reuters
Kelley Robertson | 16 June, 2017, 04:39

Pence announced his travel plans Thursday as he spoke at a conference in Miami focused on Central America.

The obstruction of justice investigation into Trump began days after Comey was sacked on May 9, according to people familiar with the matter, the Washington Post said.

Less than a month after President Trump hired an outside lawyer to deal with inquiries related to the Russian Federation investigations, Vice President Mike Pence has followed suit. He also served as special counsel to Virginia Sen.

Pence retained Richard Cullen, a former US Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.

Cullen also served as special counsel to U.S. Senator Paul Trible (R-VA) during the Iran-Contra investigation and was on the staff of Rep. M. Caldwell Butler (R-VA) during the Watergate investigation. The law firm referred questions back to the vice president's office.

Pence's visit comes the morning after President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump made a similar trip to MedStar Hospital. Special counsel Robert Mueller and several congressional committees are investigating possible ties between the Trump campaign and suspected Russian efforts to sway the election in Trump's favor.

The president denies doing anything wrong and has called the investigations a "witch hunt". He delivered an on-camera statement sharply criticizing James Comey after the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director's recent testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

According to his McGuireWoods bio page, Cullen is "frequently called on to conduct confidential internal investigations to assist corporations in assessing the risk of criminal prosecution or regulatory enforcement".

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