Vice president to travel to Central and South America

Vice president to travel to Central and South America

Vice president to travel to Central and South America

Pence on Thursday traveled to Miami for a conference covering issues affecting Central America.

Pence has retained Virginia attorney Richard Cullen, who previously served as a USA attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia, spokesman Jarrod Agen said.

Vice President Mike Pence has hired his own lawyer to represent him in the special counsel's Russian Federation investigation.

The Washington Post was the first to report the news Thursday, noting that Pence had hired former Virginia attorney general Richard Cullen to represent him.

Cullen - who has experience litigating the Iran-Contra investigation, Watergate and the 2000 vote recount in Florida - is a former United States attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.

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An aide tells NPR the decision to hire an outside lawyer has been under consideration for weeks, and Pence chose to go forward with it earlier this week.

Cullen is no stranger to high-profile federal investigations.

Marc Kasowitz, the outside counsel hired by President Trump, does not have experience in politically-charged cases. The law firm referred questions back to the vice president's office. The Associated Press and other news organizations have also reported that Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, in December proposed a back channel between the Trump transition team and the Kremlin.

According to his McGuireWoods bio page, Cullen is "frequently called on to conduct confidential internal investigations to assist corporations in assessing the risk of criminal prosecution or regulatory enforcement".

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