Pence Hires Private Lawyer For Russia Investigation

Pence Hires Private Lawyer For Russia Investigation

Pence Hires Private Lawyer For Russia Investigation

U.S. President Donald Trump is being investigated by special counsel Robert Mueller for possible obstruction of justice, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday, citing unidentified officials.

Mr. Trump has retained his own private legal counsel, as Mueller goes forward with the "witch hunt" Russian Federation probe, as the president has called it.

Mueller is overseeing an Federal Bureau of Investigation inquiry into alleged Russian interference in the presidential election and whether there was any collusion by Trump's campaign.

In a day-long tweet storm Thursday, Trump criticized reports that he is now under investigation for obstruction of justice in connection with the firing of Comey. He said in May, "As has been stated repeatedly and the President has been told, he's not under investigation".

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A senior administration adviser acknowledged there have been weeks of hand-wringing behind closed doors among members of Pence's team, and an acceptance that the questions about Russian Federation and the Trump campaign were not disappearing.

Julie O'Sullivan, a law professor at Georgetown University who worked on the Whitewater case, said it is not unusual for individuals in Pence's position to hire lawyers under such circumstances.

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

Pence reportedly considered a number of lawyers before hiring Cullen. The vice president made his final decision earlier this week.

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But as the special counsel investigation progresses - focusing increasingly on the president himself and his actions in office - the vice president's account as a possible witness may become more relevant. He also reportedly told a group of Russian officials that the Comey dismissal would help get the Russia probe behind him. Recent vice presidents may have retained representation, with the exception of Biden, but hiring a criminal defense lawyer is not routine. President Richard Nixon's first Vice President Spiro Agnew retained a personal attorney when he came under investigation for corruption.

And Vice President Dick Cheney consulted Terrence O'Donnell, a partner at Williams & Connolly, on several issues during his time in the Bush administration. They said they have made gains thanks to assistance from the USA, which dramatically increased support for the three countries following a sharp increase in the number of unaccompanied minors crossing the US border in 2014. The response, in a word, is heartening. And our promise to you is that we will always strive to provide indispensable journalism to our community.

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