Vice President Mike Pence Hires Outside Counsel in Russia Probe

Vice President Mike Pence Hires Outside Counsel in Russia Probe

Vice President Mike Pence Hires Outside Counsel in Russia Probe

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence held up Venezuela on Thursday as a prime example of what happens when democracy is undermined and urged Latin American leaders to condemn its government, in comments that Venezuela's president called nauseating.

Pence has retained Virginia attorney Richard Cullen, who previously served as a USA attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia, spokesman Jarrod Agen said.

Pence's decision comes several weeks after the president hired his longtime personal attorney, Marc Kasowitz, to handle Russia-related inquiries.

Pence spokesman Jarrod Agen confirmed the hire and said the Vice President wants a "swift" resolution.

Vice President Mike Pence, seen during an April press conference in Sydney, Australia. He represented Tom DeLay, a Texas Republican and former majority leader of the U.S. House of Representatives, during the investigation into corrupt Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

As Trump's No. 2 and as head of the transition team, Pence has increasingly found himself drawn into the widening Russian Federation investigation.

The Washington Post was first to report the news.

Vice President Mike Pence noted the presence of 85,000 gang members in those three countries, which make up Central America's so-called "Northern Triangle", and said their activities "radiate outward and reach the United States" while most US -bound drugs flow through Central America.

The public comments were followed by a series of private meetings at which officials were expected to discuss such matters as whether the US will extend the temporary legal residency status of about 200,000 migrants from Central America who have been allowed to stay in the country without becoming citizens for almost 20 years. Just before the story broke, Trump wrote a pair of angry tweets, suggesting that Hillary Clinton, his Democratic opponent in the election, should be under investigation instead of him. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 15, 2017 You are witnessing the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history - led by some very bad and conflicted people!

Examining the possibility of obstruction charges will allow investigators to interview key administration figures including Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and possibly Trump himself, said the source familiar with the Mueller investigation.

Comey told a Senate panel last week he believed Trump fired him to undermine the FBI's Russian Federation probe. And aides to Pence, who was running the transition team, said the vice president was not informed of Flynn's overseas work with Turkey, either. They declined to say what had sparked Pence's decision to hire an outside lawyer and referred all questions concerning the Russian Federation investigation to Cullen's office.

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