Vice President Mike Pence hires outside counsel in Russian Federation probe

Vice President Mike Pence hires outside counsel in Russian Federation probe

US Vice President Mike Pence has hired a personal lawyer to deal with requests from the special counsel investigating possible collusion with Russian Federation during the 2016 election, a top aide has said.

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

Vice President Pence has lawyered up.

Special prosecutor Robert Mueller has been on the job for nearly a month and already Vice President Mike Pence is getting his own lawyer. "The vice president is focused entirely on his duties ... and looks forward to a swift conclusion of this matter", Agen said.

The news of Cullen's hiring was first reported by the Washington Post.

Mueller is investigating alleged Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.




Trump has denied any collusion took place.

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.

But obstruction came into play after Trump fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey last month.

The vice president will talk at the Conference on Prosperity and Security in Central America held at Florida International University's South campus.

Pence on Thursday traveled to Miami for a conference covering issues affecting Central America.

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