Mike Pence hires outside lawyer for Russian Federation probe
19 June 2017, 12:53 | Cesar Cruz
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Vice President Mike Pencehas hired his own lawyer to represent him in the special counsel investigation and congressional inquiries into Russia's role in the 2016 election.
Cullen previously served as Virginia attorney general and USA attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. He has defended large corporations in Department of Justice investigations, and served as Virginia's attorney general in the late 1990s. Aides to the vice president declined to say what prompted him to hire an outside lawyer.
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.
Since there is no way to find traces of a "collusion" between the Trump environment and Russia, the democratic opposition and the United States media close to it have recently begun to assert that the president and his aides tried to cover up traces of contacts with Russians and thereby prevented the administration of justice.
As if the Russian Federation probe didn't feel enough like a soap opera, now comes word that two of the major players have a familial connection.
Pence told reporters in Miami Friday that hiring an outside lawyer was standard practice.
Pence has stood by his March statement that he first learned of the now-fired national security adviser Michael Flynn's ties to Turkey from media reports.
Axios reported, while noting that this is premature and highly speculative, "One of the parlor games Republicans are playing in the shadows of the Russian Federation investigation is this: Who would President Pence pick as his vice president?" Every time his opponent, vice-presidential candidate Tim Kaine, brought up a statement by Trump-a public, documented statement, the veracity of which Americans could easily validate-Pence did not embellish.
While a sitting president is unlikely to face criminal prosecution, obstruction of justice could form the basis for impeachment. He praised U.S. President Donald Trump's tough stance against illegal immigration, saying it was responsible for a more than 70 percent drop in illegal crossings of the U.S. -Mexico border since the beginning of his administration in January. Trump's personal lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, issued a statement saying the Federal Bureau of Investigation was behind the story and called the leak "outrageous, inexcusable and illegal".
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