Vice President Pence Hires Outside Lawyer To Deal With Russia Inquiries

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Vice President Pence Hires Outside Lawyer To Deal With Russia Inquiries

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

Richard previously served as Virginia attorney general and US attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.

"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", the statement reads. As head of the Trump campaign's transition committee, he was involved in the hiring of Michael Flynn as national security adviser.

Pence is expected to meet with government and business leaders.

Pence's choice for outside counsel contrasts with the president's. He served as special counsel to former Sen. Paul Trible during the Iran-Contra investigation and was a member of former President George W. Bush's legal team during the 2000 Florida recount, according to his official biography.

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Special prosecutor Robert Mueller has been on the job for nearly a month and already Vice President Mike Pence is getting his own lawyer. Former FBI Director James Comey told Congress last week he believes he was sacked by Trump to undermine the agency's Russian Federation probe.

Pence praised Trump's "decisive and strong leadership" when he fired Comey in early May.

Vice President Pence on Thursday visited House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) in a Washington hospital, where he is recovering from a gunshot wound.

Comey would not say in his testimony last week whether he thought the president sought to obstruct justice, but added it would be up to special counsel Mueller "to sort that out".

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