Pence hires outside legal counsel

  • Pence hires outside legal counsel

Pence hires outside legal counsel

Vice President Mike Pence has hired an outside legal counsel with deep experience in Washington to assist with the multiple investigations into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

Cullen - who has experience litigating the Iran-Contra investigation, Watergate and the 2000 vote recount in Florida - is a former U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.

That's according to a statement from Pence spokesman Jarrod Agen. As head of the Trump campaign's transition committee, he was involved in the hiring of Michael Flynn as national security adviser.

Pence's choice for outside counsel contrasts with the president's.

Pence is expected to meet with government and business leaders. Richard Cullen has a long record as a high-profile attorney in Washington, particularly in Republican circles.

Pence's move follows a decision by President Donald Trump to hire outside counsel Marc Kasowitz and could signal the investigation is entering a new phase. He has represented Trump for years in civil matters, including a libel suit against a Trump biographer that was dismissed. He also has represented banks owned in part by the Russian government.

Scrutiny of the president's actions has intensified since he fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey last month.

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

Vice President Pence is set to travel across Central and South America in August, in his second foreign trip since taking office in January.