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Mike Pence lawyers up: Vice President hires personal attorney to deal with Russia investigation

Vice President Mike Pence has hired a personal lawyer to help with congressional committee inquiries as well as inquiries from the special counsel, both of which are investigating President Donald Trump’s alleged campaign ties to the Russian government.

According to the Washington Post, Pence hired Richard Cullen “a Richmond-based attorney and chairman of McGuire Woods who previously served as a U.S. attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia.” Last month Trump hired Marc Kasowitz as his private attorney, just as the scope of the investigation widened to include possible obstruction of justice.

“I can confirm that the Vice President has retained Richard Cullen of McGuire Woods to assist him in responding to inquiries by the special counsel,” Jarrod Agen, a Pence spokesman said in an email statement to the Post. “The Vice President is focused entirely on his duties and promoting the President’s agenda and looks forward to a swift conclusion of this matter.”

The Post reported:

Kasowitz has told some White House personnel that they don’t need to hire their own lawyers, according to one person familiar with some of the legal discussions that have occurred inside the White House. But Pence’s move to hire an outside attorney could set off a scramble among other West Wing aides — many of whom are already bracing for subpoenas —  to do the same, even if only as a protective measure.

The White House has repeatedly denied any collusion with Russia and Trump continues to deny the allegations that he committed obstruction of justice, despite admitting that he fired former FBI Director James Comey to relieve pressure on the Russia investigation. The president took to Twitter on Thursday to reiterated that he is the victim of a “WITCH HUNT” and continued bashing Hillary Clinton and asked why no one has investigated her ties to Russia.

Charlie May is a news writer at Salon. You can find him on Twitter at @charliejmay

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Source: Salon: in-depth news, politics, business, technology & culture > Politics

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