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Vice President Mike Pence Retains Outside Counsel in Russia Investigation

Trump under investigation for possible obstruction of justice: Washington Post Florida International University prepares for Vice President Mike Pence's visit
Craig Ferguson | 16 June, 2017, 06:22

According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection data, apprehensions of illegal immigrants at the U.S. -Mexico border fell to 19,967 in May from 42,473 in January, a drop of 53 percent.

President Trump, who has dismissed the investigations as a "witch hunt", has already retained his own attorney, Marc Kasowitz. Moscow denies meddling in the campaign.

The vice president's office said Thursday that Pence has retained Richard Cullen, a Richmond-based lawyer and chairman of McGuire Woods who previously served as a US attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia.

His other high-profile clients have included Tom DeLay, the former Republican majority leader who was investigated by the Department of Justice for his relationship with Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff; Elin Nordegren, the ex-wife of Tiger Woods, in her divorce from the golf star; and former senator Paul Trible (R-Va.), during the Iran-contra investigation. He represents former FIFA President Sepp Blatter in the corruption probe into world soccer's governing body.

But some experts on the region worry that the U.S.is too focused on security and that the cuts to the program known as the Alliance for Prosperity will undermine progress.

Richard previously served as Virginia attorney general and US attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. DeLay was not charged.

The process of hiring a lawyer took several weeks and included interviews with several candidates, a Pence aide said.

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Pence has seldom addressed the Russian Federation issue, which has overshadowed Trump's efforts to overhaul the healthcare system, cut taxes and boost jobs - priorities that Pence has worked on intensively with Republican lawmakers.

The Washington Post was first to report the news. Trump lashed out at that report at various times on Thursday through his Twitter feed, even recalling language from the campaign to criticize Hillary Clinton as "Crooked H".

"They made up a phony collusion with the Russians story, found zero proof, so now they go for obstruction of justice on the phony story", he wrote.

Vice President Mike Pence told leaders of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador that the USA shares their goal of improving their economies, which coincides with a Trump agenda that includes stronger border enforcement and less illegal immigration.

That includes the finances and business dealings of Jared Kushner, who is married to Trump's daughter Ivanka, and is a senior adviser at the White House, the Washington Post reported on Thursday, citing unnamed officials familiar with the matter.

Pence, who after the election served as head of Trump's White House transition team, has stood by Trump's assertion that there are no ties between Trump's campaign and Russian Federation. Of course, as a public servent, Pence's salary has been paid for by taxpayers for years but I suppose we're just splitting hairs at that point.

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