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Republican vice president candidate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence speaks at the Republican National Headquarters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Vice President Pence hired outside counsel as Russian investigation continues


As Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into possible collusion between the Trump administration and Russian officials continues, Vice President Mike Pence retained outside legal counsel to respond to inquiries, according to CBS News. 

"I can confirm that the vice president has retained Richard Cullen of McGuireWoods to assist him in responding to inquiries by the special counsel," Jarrod Agen, communications director for Pence's office, told CBS News. "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."

Pence's search for outside counsel has been ongoing for weeks, and there hasn't been one singular event that prompted his decision to hire a lawyer. 

As the chairman of McGuireWoods LLP and a senior litigation partner, Cullen has a lengthy track record. He has defended large corporations in Department of Justice investigations, and served as Virginia's attorney general in the 1990s. Cullen also served on Bush's legal team during the recount of ballots in Florida in the 2000 presidential election. 

Pence's legal move comes on the cusp of news that Mueller is reportedly investigating the finances and business dealings of President Trump's son-in-law and adviser, Jared Kushner. A separate report on Wednesday published by the Washington Post alleged that Mueller is interviewing senior intelligence officials as part of a broadening probe that now includes an examination of whether President Trump attempted to obstruct justice.

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