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Pence hires counsel to deal with Russia probe inquiries

16 June, 2017, 06:24 | Author: Melody Ballard
  • Trump under investigation for possible obstruction of justice: Washington Post

Mr. Trump's morning tweets included what seemed like a jab at former FBI Director Robert Mueller, the new Special Counsel for the Russian Federation probe, as he said the investigation was being "led by some very bad and conflicted people!"

Richard Cullen, is a former Virginia attorney general and a former United States attorney for the eastern district of Virginia, reports CNN. He's had experience in dealing with Washington investigations from Watergate to the Iran-Contra affair, according to his biography on the firm's website.

Vice President Mike Pence is stopping into Miami Thursday to talk about Central America's future.

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

Carlos Diaz Rosillo, director of policy and interagency coordination in the White House, said the US and the Central American leaders hoped to make commitments on infrastructure plans and energy reform, among other things.

In January, he stated on TV that Michael Flynn, Trump's former national security adviser, had never maintained contact with Russian officials-only to be corrected two weeks later by a Washington Post report. 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.

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The president denies doing anything wrong and has called the investigations a "witch hunt".

Cullen, for what it's worth, is the godfather of one of former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey's daughters.

"A flourishing economy gives people a reason, a reason to put down roots in the land of their birth and to grow rather than fleeing to the north", Pence said.

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.

The vice president's office said Pence is committed to cooperating in the investigation, and he hired lawyer Richard Cullen so Pence could continue to focus on the administration's goals.

While a sitting president is unlikely to face criminal prosecution, obstruction of justice could form the basis for impeachment.


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