Vice President Mike Pence hires outside counsel for Russia probe

Vice President Mike Pence hires outside counsel for Russia probe

Vice President Mike Pence hires outside counsel for Russia probe

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

Jarrod Agen, a spokesman for Pence, confirmed the news in an email to the Post.

U.S. President Donald Trump is being investigated by special counsel Robert Mueller for possible obstruction of justice, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday, citing unidentified officials. He also served as special counsel to Virginia Sen.

A final decision was made to hire Cullen earlier this week.

Cullen served as a US attorney under President George H.W. Bush and is now the chairman of the McGuireWoods LLP law firm in Richmond, Virginia, according to ABC News.

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Cullen is no stranger to high-profile federal investigations. 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.

Marc Kasowitz, the outside counsel hired by President Trump, does not have experience in politically-charged cases.

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". He lashed out on Twitter Thursday, writing, "You are witnessing the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history - led by some very bad and conflicted people!" Former FBI Director James Comey told Congress last week he believes he was sacked by Trump to undermine the agency's Russian Federation probe.

Pence chaired the president's transition after the election - a period during which Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn had repeated contact with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

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