Pence hires outside legal counsel

Pence hires outside legal counsel

Pence hires outside legal counsel

"I can confirm that the Vice President has retained Richard Cullen of McGuireWoods to assist him in responding to inquiries by the special counsel", Pence spokesman Jarrod Agen told the Post. The vice president's office said his decision to hire a personal attorney reflects his intention to "fully cooperate with any inquiries related to the 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.

Mueller was named special counsel after Trump abruptly sacked former Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) chief James Comey, who afterwards said that the President, before firing him, in effect asked him to "let go" of the probe into the links between fired National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and the Kremlin.

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On Wednesday, it was reported that special counsel Robert Mueller is looking at whether the President attempted to obstruct justice.

As the head of the transition team, Pence is a key figure in at least the Mike Flynn part of the Russian Federation scandal. But Trump later said he was going to fire Comey regardless of the recommendation. "We think it's very hard to signal support effectively when you are proposing such draconian cuts", said Geoff Thale, a program director with the Washington Office on Latin America.

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The emergence of the obstruction of justice inquiry may make it harder for Trump to have Mueller removed.

Regardless of the outcome, the specter of Mueller examining the possibility of obstruction of justice appeared to be a new blow to Trump, whose first five months in office have been clouded by the federal and congressional probes into the Russian Federation issue.

Cullen referred all requests for comment to Pence's office. But he never hired a counsel during the investigation and subsequent impeachment of President Bill Clinton.

During the 2000 Florida recount, Cullen was a member of former President George W. Bush's legal team. "In several advisory opinions the Commission has said that campaign funds may be used to pay for up to 100% of legal expenses related to campaign or officeholder activity, where such expenses would not have occurred had the individual not been a candidate or officeholder".

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