Vice President Mike Pence hires outside counsel for Russia probe

Colombia’s Minister of Finance Mauricio Cardenas left talks with Vice President Mike Pence right during a conference on Prosperity and Security in Central America Thursday

Vice President Mike Pence hires outside counsel for Russia probe

In May, President Donald Trump hired lawyer Marc Kasowitz, who represented the Trump campaign last year and previously represented Trump personally, to serve as his attorney for investigation-related issues. He served as special counsel to former Sen.

Cullen served as a US attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia before becoming the chairman of the McGuireWoods law firm.

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

Vice President Mike Pence has retained the services of attorney Richard Cullen to represent him in legal matters related to the ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. 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.

Last month, Trump hired his own private attorney to deal with the congressional committee inquiries and the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe that is now in the hands of special counsel.

The news of Cullen's hiring was first reported by the Washington Post. 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!" The Associated Press and other news organizations have also reported that Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, in December proposed a back channel between the Trump transition team and the Kremlin. 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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